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old hard drive connected as master on secondary IDE

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I just want to get some opinions.  Does installing an older slow hard drive as a slave drive or on the secondary IDE slow down a newer computer running XP.   The older drive will be used for storage only, no OS files.  Thanks
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I'd say, No, it will not slow down the computer just by sitting there. File transfers (opening, saving, moving copying etc documents) will be slower than they might have been with a newer, faster drive.

Modern IDE controllers allow for independent timing of devices.
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I agree with rid, it won't slow down Windows XP.  As long as you don't install any games or applications on that old drive, and basically use it to store some backup files etc, then everything should be fine.
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Thanks for the comments.   I thought the same thing, just wanted to see if I was missing something.
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