can you connect a hard drive with a cdrom

March 12, 2011 at 20:20:49
Specs: Windows XP, 3.4 Ghz / 1.5 GB
OK i have a sata dvd burner, a dvd player/cdburner ide, and three internal ide hard drives... is it possible to connect the all of these at the same time... with out any conflicts or degrading of any? The way its hooked up now is of course the sata is going to the sata 1 plug... combo dvd player/cd burner is master in the secondary cable, (the jumpers are all on cable select; except for the sata of course) and two of the ide hard drives are on the primary... i want to add the third hard drive but im not sure of the correct or best configuration. please help!

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March 12, 2011 at 23:51:53
If your motherboard has both primary and secondary IDE ports you can connect up to two devices on each port. It shouldn't be any problem connecting a hard drive and optical device on the same cable. Generally you'd connect the hard drive as master and the optical cd device as slave. But it should work OK if their positions are switched.

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