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I currently have a desktop with a mobo that has no IDE slots and i'm trying to boot from an old IDE 32Gb HDD.

So i bought myself a PCI Express card that allows the interface and i was able to access the drive's files through windows 7. The problem is, i need to boot from it and not my default SATA HDD.

I checked boot order, didn't do much and came back to do some research

Then i found out about RAID, now i don't know much about what that is, but from what i understood if i do some kind of configuration related to it, i should be able to select the ide drive as master and boot from it, one problem, i read that the drive will be completely erased so im wondering if anyone knows a way around

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What card did you buy? Many cheap IDE controller cards do not include a BIOS which would permit booting from the connected drives. –  Michael Hampton Jul 16 '12 at 1:59
    
this would be the one : amazon.co.uk/PCIE-IDE-SATA-CONTROLLER-CARD/dp/B002VA0YPI . During boot, i receive a msg to press Ctrl + J to setup RAID drivers, is that it ? –  Dany Khalife Jul 16 '12 at 2:13
    
i just thought of something, if i use a virtual machine, would i be able to map the physical hard drive to the virtual machine ? or at least copy the files i have to it ? –  Dany Khalife Jul 16 '12 at 2:17
    
That card appears to have a BIOS, so you should be able to select it in the boot menu. Of course, if you're only recovering files, then there should be no need to boot the drive, but just to copy the files... –  Michael Hampton Jul 16 '12 at 2:23
    
You want to run the OS? You could use clonezilla to create an image and mount it virtually. Or use Disk2Vhd technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415 –  Logman Jul 16 '12 at 2:26

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