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Hi I'm currently running a WD 100gb 7200 hardrive in my computer and I would like to hook up my old Maxtor 20gb 5400 as an additonal drive. My plan is to use the Maxtor 5400 as a backup drive only. The operating system, etc... will all be on the WD 7200.

1) Is it ok to hook up a 7200 and 5400 drive into the same computer or will the speed of the 7200 slow down?

2) If it is ok to hook this up, then what is the best method of doing so? Just daisy chain the Maxtor and the WD, and set the Maxtor as a slave?

All I want to do is simply transfer backups of my important files from the WD to the Maxtor, so I can have duplicate copies of certain files in case my WD ever goes out on me.

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks

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1)  Is it ok to hook up a 7200 and 5400 drive into the same computer or will the speed of the 7200 slow down?

Well the WD won't be slowed down, it will perform as fast as ever. You will only notice a slowdown if both drives are connected to the same IDE channel AND both drives are reading and/or writing.

2) If it is ok to hook this up, then what is the best method of doing so?  Just daisy chain the Maxtor and the WD, and set the Maxtor as a slave?

All I want to do is simply transfer backups of my important files from the WD to the Maxtor, so I can have duplicate copies of certain files in case my WD ever goes out on me.

Well if it is only for the purpose of backup then placing both drives on the same channel should be fine. But if both drives are going to be in use simaltaneously when you're using your system, then you may witness slower performance.

The ideal situation would be to have the HDD's on separate channels.

Weshy.

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1)  Is it ok to hook up a 7200 and 5400 drive into the same computer or will the speed of the 7200 slow down?

Well the WD won't be slowed down, it will perform as fast as ever. You will only notice a slowdown if both drives are connected to the same IDE channel AND both drives are reading and/or writing.

2) If it is ok to hook this up, then what is the best method of doing so?  Just daisy chain the Maxtor and the WD, and set the Maxtor as a slave?

All I want to do is simply transfer backups of my important files from the WD to the Maxtor, so I can have duplicate copies of certain files in case my WD ever goes out on me.

Well if it is only for the purpose of backup then placing both drives on the same channel should be fine. .

Yes this should be fine but a bit slow as Wesly stated after this point having the drives on separate channels would be ideal.

This way you can read from your source drive and write to your destination drive at the same time. If both drives are on one channel only one can drive the bus at a time so anytime the Maxtor has the bus the WD must wait and vice versa.

Hope this helps more than it hinders,

Free

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Thanks for the advice. Well I believe I have two IDE ports on my motherboard. One is currently being used by my two daisy chained cd players. The other one is being used by my WD 7200 100gb. What would be the recommended configuration? Should I daisy chain the master cd player and master drive on one IDE port and then daisy chain the slave cd player and slave drive on the other port? Thanks.

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