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    2 IDE harddrives and 2 optic drives with one IDE header?

    Is there any way to use two IDE hard drives and two optic drives with a MoBo that has only one IDE drive header?
    Is there some kind of converter for the IDE drives so you can plug them into unused SATA drive headers?
    I know I can't co-mingle an optic drive with an IDE hard drive on the same IDE cable.

    Thanks for any help or ideas.
    rstew
    Last edited by rstew; 2014-06-24 at 23:14.

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    PATA [Parallel ATA] IDE ports can handle only two drives per 40-pin cable. The drives are usually jumpered as Cable Select/CS and the plug on the cable determines Master and Slave, one end on Motherboard, other end Master and middle as Slave. The drives can be mixed but performance may be affected.

    The SATA [Serial ATA] can handle only one drive per port. There are adapters for adding the older PATA drives, check with www.cyberbuys.com. But if you have only 4 SATA ports you'll still be limited to 4 drives, one for each port.

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    Berton;
    Thanks for that information.
    I checked online and found several examples of SATA to PATA adapters, and pretty cheap too.
    So I think I'll leave the two DVD drives on the IDE cable, and get adapters for the IDE drives and plug them into SATA ports on the MoBo.
    Should work OK, especially since this is just an old Dell I am using as a backup computer.

    Thanks,
    rstew

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    You're welcome.

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