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Only one IDE on the motherboard


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#1 Monty_Python

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 12:55 PM

Hello, my second build, I have intermediate experience.

The mother board I'm looking at (or any other I may consider) only has one IDE connection. Here at newegg.

Any other motherboard I've ever dealt with (all my computers are over 2 years old) has two IDE connections... One for DVD + Floppy and another for 2 HDs.

The question is generic, for my new build can I hook up my main HD and 1 DVD drive through this single IDE cable? Later when I add an extra HD I'll use SATA, right?

Thanks for your time!
-Monty

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 01:11 PM

The motherboards with only one IDE connector these days...still support 2 IDE devices.

My two systems are like that.

I put the PATA hard drive on the end connector and the optical drive on the "middle" connector and it works fine. This was all changed a couple of years ago.

If you want more PATA connections, just use a controller card.

Louis

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Posted 13 June 2009 - 01:22 PM

Thank you! The Pata controller card was a bonus as well, i didn't realize they existed, thank you!

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thanks again!
-Monty

Edited by Monty_Python, 13 June 2009 - 02:13 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2009 - 03:55 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

Louis




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