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Old 10-06-2006, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Currently, I have 2 hard drives on my primary IDE channel and a DVD-RW on my secondary IDE channel.

In my quest for more disk space, I want to add a third hard drive (I do not want to buy a bigger hd at this time to replace the smaller ones that I have on my primary). Is it possible to add the third hard drive on the same IDE cable with my DVD-RW?

I know you're not supposed to mix them up, but will it work?

And if this is possible, which is to be the master and which the slave?
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it will probably work, but not well.

if you really need the space, spring for either an ATA controller or a SATA controller.
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for storage it should be fine but i would never do it with a boot drive as it limits it's bandwidth and you can get annoying lag if you put a CD/DVD in.
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