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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AlMujtahid, Aug 6, 2003.

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  1. AlMujtahid

    AlMujtahid Thread Starter

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    Is there a performance boost in using 80 wire IDE cables to connect my DVD drive and CD-RW drive? Or will 40 wire do the same thing?

    If I wanted to, how could I add a third HDD(not likely) or a third optica drive, say DVD-RW (more likely)? I know on my mobo manual and in BIOS there is a 3rd an 4th IDE interface but I dont remember seeing any places on the mobo to plug any cables into.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. SexyTech

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    Hi There!

    Using an 80 Pin IDE ribbon cable for DVD/CD-Rom drives won't make much difference at all. Normally, DVD & CD-Rom drives do not use the UATA specs so a 40 pin cable would be fine.

    as far as adding a 3rd HDD, to the IDE Chain, Each IDE Controller can handle 2 drives. Your motherboard may have U-ATA Controllers in addition to the IDE controllers and that is where you would need to configure things more the added HDD.


    Good Luck

    ST
     
  3. AlMujtahid

    AlMujtahid Thread Starter

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    Thanks Sexy Tech.

    I know I should just stop fiddling with this machine and enjoy it but I cant help it.
     
  4. SexyTech

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    How else are ya gonna learn if you don't try new things???
     
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