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Old 10-16-2006, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I'm halfway through my first build and have run into a snag. The hard drive that I bought is not a SATA like I somehow believed it to be, it is this:

And when hooking it up to my motherboard, which is this:

I noticed that I couldn't hook it up to the SATA inputs (it not being a SATA and all) so I had to hook it up through the IDE connector. But since there is only one IDE connector on my motherboard, this means that I can't hook up a CDROM drive or anything else, right?

Most likely, I will just get a SATA hard drive and forget about it, but I'm wondering if there is a way I can hook the computer up with this configuration.

So if I got this:

I would be cool right?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-16-2006, 10:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well you can connect the CDROM and the IDE hard drive on the same IDE connector. You just need an IDE cable with three connections. But I heard it isn't recommended to put opticals and hard drives together on one IDE cable. But yea I'd go with that WD SATA hard drive you chose at the end.



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Old 10-16-2006, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What if I wanted to hook up another optical drive in the future, could that one IDE port handle that? And how would that work?
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