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IDE cable fully occupied...

Nismo83

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My IDE cable is fully occupied for I have a CDRW, CDROM and 2 HD.. i own an Intel 850GB MOBO, i was wondering whether any expert out there mind telling me how many IDE slot is there available in this kind of MOBO. I plan to get a DVD later in the future...
 
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stuy_b

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#2
Generally unless you get a specific RAID supported motherboard, you will be able to connect 4 IDE devices. Normally this is two controllers (IRQ14&15-IDE0 & IDE1) each is capable of supporting two drives, 1 master 1 slave, connected together on 1 cable.

So you have your CD/DVD drive and CDRW on IDE0, CD/DVD master, CDRW slave. Then on IDE1 upto 2x harddisks, again 1 master , 1 slave.

Check your manual if your board supports RAID, thats a whole new ball-game.
 

Bytes Back

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#3
Further to this, you could of course just swap your cd for a DVD, after all a DVD does everything a CD does.

Or you get a IDE controller card which would allow you to connect another 4 devices.
 
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stkootic

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#4
If you have an extra pci slot you can opt for a pci ide controller. This will give you room for 4 more devices.
 

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