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Add ide optical drive to sata pc


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#1 j54ams

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:51 AM

I want to install an ide dvd drive to a HP a6137c computer that has one sata dvd burner installed. Can I do this with just an ide ribbon or do I need an adapter? Is there any type of schematic to follow for this? Do both drives need to be connected to each other? Or, can they be separately connected to the motherboard? I've installed and/or replaced secondary drives but only with the same connections. Thanks!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 11:27 AM

According to the manufacturer's specs, you have one 40-pin UltraDMA 100/66/33 connector.
You can connect up to 2 PATA devices using a ribbon cable.

Your SATA and PATA drives do not have to be hooked up together.
They will run independent of each other.

Your ribbon cable will plug into the socket indicated by the yellow highlight:

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 12:51 PM

Thank you! Your information is greatly appreciated!

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:20 PM

You're quite welcome, j54ams.
Glad to help.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:02 PM

Great advice! Installed the drive successfully. Only thing i would add for anyone else reading this, is to not to forget to plug in the power supply. Worked like a charm. Thanks again!




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