Posted 15 April 2007 - 11:43 AM
In brief, the kid bought a SATA drive for an IDE only machine. I bought an adpator which is fine, but...
Only 2 existing IDE plugs on motherboard. One feeds HD (with an extra plug hanging in space for a non-existent 2nd HD), and the other feeds the DVD and CD ROM. There is an available plug for what was the FD (I removed it), but that pinout is a liitle different (standard IDE has a pin near center connector "blocked" off.
Is the FD connector usable for a hard drive if I "tuned" the connector? I understand it is not advisable to put a hard drive on the same IDE bus as CD's etc due to problems with bus traffic. Is there a way out of this?
BTW, the adaptor plugs directly into the MB, so I can't hook it into the end of the existing HD ribbon cable... or CAN I?