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Sata and IDE drive

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Can you have a sata drive and a IDE drive hooked up to the same computer?  
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Yes, no problem.  Some older motherboards won't boot from the SATA if an IDE drive is present.

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As Callandor noted, it's no problem.   You can freely mix technologies as long as your system has the right controllers ... either built-in or via add-in cards.    I have one "ancient" system with an IDE drive, SATA drive, SCSI drive, and an external USB drive :-)    And if your system won't boot from the SATA drive you can simply install a boot manager on the IDE drive that "points" to a partition on the SATA drive to boot from it.
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