I had 2 pcs. One has SATA hard drive. The other had IDE. The second pc's motherboard is burnt and now I want to add the HD (IDE) of this as secondary to the one that is working so that I can recover and use my data. Is it possible? In the current pc, I have a DVD drive connected to the IDE currently. Can I connect the IDE HD as the slave of this DVD drive (as master). Appreciate ur time and help.
Yes you can. Just make sure the jumper is set to slave. Your ide cable should have an extra connection on it. Make sure the red stripe on the ribbon is closet to the power connection on the drive. Plug in the power and you should be good to go. You don't even have to mount the drive if you're not going to keep it in the machine. Just slide it into a spare bay temporarily.
If you only have one DVD drive connected to the IDE cable then yes, you can connect an IDE drive as slave. All motherboard IDE cables allow for two drives to be connected. If you are booting of the SATA drive it really matters little which one is slave and which one is master.
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