I had a new one install earlier this year, but they kept the old one inside and disconnected. Is it possible for me to connect that one and use it like a storage device?
I think I understand what RAID is, and I'm not looking to combine them into one or however that works.
Yes. Just plug it back into a spare IDE or SATA port, whichever it uses. Windows should recognise it.
Not before checking the jumper on the secondary and master drives. Some drives are very tempramental about working with the jumpers off. Even by a little.
Your current drive is obviously master. Change the old drive to slave if it is on the same ide chain. There are some that have a master jumper or a master jumper with slave. Check these settings.... Or no booty boot.
Well, I only had one cable and connected the two together and am currently running my computer just fine, though a tad bid slower. I'm not really sure what the jumpers are. Can I just use two seperate cables if I have them?
If your mobo has two sockets for that sort of cable, then yes.
I use a cable like this:
Basically just your regular cable with another connector.
That's what I have. If I run two seperately, will it speed it up? Load times increased a good deal...
The load times aren't effected by anything but the speed of your SINGLE drive. it hasn't anything to do with both drives on the same cable.
On the hdd itself, there are pins. These pins have a plastic "jumper" on them in most cases. When two drives are on the same cable. ONE has to be MASTER and the other has to be SLAVE or in some cases CABLE SELECT. If you do not have the right hdd as the master, you don't get an OS to boot.
I hate the OS installed on both at the time, so I guess that's why it ran...
MerrickDS;3405296The load times aren't effected by anything but the speed of your SINGLE drive. it hasn't anything to do with both drives on the same cable.
If you run IDE with two drives it will transfer data at the rate supported by the slowest drive. Therefore if the drive he's plugged in recently is old (or simply rubbish) it WILL slow down the rate that data can be read from the other drive - hence increased load times. The other thing with IDE is that if one drive is transferring information then the other can't.
So yeah, having two drives on one cable isn't always a great thing. Do you have any choice though? Presumably your optical drive(s) are also on IDE cables and as most motherboards have 2 IDE sockets you're gonna have to double up somewhere.
If you're ONLY using that second drive for storage and it doesn't need to load applications quickly, then put it on the same cable as the optical drive because then the slower transfer rate that optical drive will force it to use won't matter; and your primary drive will have an IDE channel to itself.