Yes but not for too much longer, some or most new and current mobo's will have one IDE port or possibly 2.
It's highly unlikely you'll get a mobo with 2 ide slots as IDE standard is being faded out by the end of this year.
The current and new standards are SATA and SATAII interface connectors.
To be honest if you have a IDE cable that will support 2 hdd's or a hdd and optical drive your good to go for now.
Do realize sata interface is better to deal with and provides better speed output then a IDE connection.
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