adding ide pci card

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ok im wanting to add  a  pci ide controller card   . and i have and 80 gig maxtor hd on the onboard right now that is loaded with xp home . . i have a WD 200 gig also that im wanting to add as the 2 ide for storage  80 pri   200 sec  how do i go about doing this i was told to disable the onboard primary slot . i dont see that in the bios i see where to enable the pci card but not to disable the onboard slot  and does the sceond  hd 200 gig have to have a OS  or be formatted  im not sure what to do here any help would be very helpful . im stuck .  
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magus123Connect With a Mentor Commented:
1. pci controller card .,  what kind their are a variety of manufactures , different types  and even
the level at it will work at  ide udma 66 or  ata100/133 or sata . and even firewire.
depneding on the type of  hardrive your going to put on it,  will depend on the type you buy.
Their even some that will only work with raid , dont get one of these if you dont know how to
to set these up.

 also the best type of controller cards ar the ones that are self aware
by this i mean that they have a onboard bios that autodetects themselves or
presents themselves to the computer , with this in mind it may be possible
that you dont have to remove the onboard ide slots and use the ones on the
controller card as extra drives/ support.

2.motherboard , the key here is  the maker of the board and the model # , your going to have
to find out that if your board supports disabling the ide onboard slots , you may even check to see
if this feature was implemented on a newer bios version , look in your manual or download 1 from
the manufacture website. know  what will work will better prepare for your  exact
controller card.

3. oem: if your computer is from a huge distrubter and is oem example everything is integerated
at most times , implementation of add on cards as you describe most times becomes a nightmare
due to fact on how they share resources and how dependent on how they work , it will  also
cause a issue if you try to use a restore cd , the machine will not accept the new configuration

4.does the sceond  hd 200 gig have to have a OS  or be formatted  .
no it doesnt , if the drive will be primary for data then you  dont have to have a os , it is
possible thou that the way that the computer and controller card play togther require
you to setup a os on the  drive that is on the controller card for it all to play togther.

5. yes your going to have to setup your drive .  i would a even split of 100gb / 100gb . but depending
on what your needs and wants are is up to you . rememeber the larger the drive and the more
use of it the more defrag time on that drive.

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