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HDD and a DVD/CD-ROM drive through The Same EIDE Port?

by marc.bills / October 22, 2007 4:04 AM PDT

I'm building a PC at the moment, and theres just a few things I need to be schooled on before i turn on that bad boy.

Is it possible to run a HDD and a DVD/CD-ROM drive configuration through the same EIDE port given a correct master/slave configuration? The reason I ask, is because i only have one EIDE port on my board (EVGA 680i SE). If you have any additional info, please let me know, cause i would much appreciate it.

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Why not use the IDE standards?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2007 4:25 AM PDT

Use the new 80 conductor cable, set both drives to CS and let the cable set it proper?


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yes but
by ramarc / October 23, 2007 2:41 AM PDT
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Why, only 1-EIDE port
by Willy / October 23, 2007 3:53 AM PDT

You can do it that way or as the other posters mentioned. The main reason IDE 1=port is still available is that most CD drives are still EIDE. You probably have a SATA port just waiting for the HD. If you did a new build using the old EIDE HD then the SATA installed(if you had one), you swap data over to it, then release old HD off and then use the IDE port for CD alone. Still is the norm for newer mtrbds. unitl *only* SATA ports are available and that's coming. Of course you can get EIDE adapter card fro full EIDE usage.

tada -----Willy Happy

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