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Master SATA HDD and slave DVD burner?

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November 11, 2008 3:55:41 AM


I'm in the process of assembling my new rig, but I want to make sure if I can hook up an HDD as my Primary and DVD drive as my secondary? Both SATA, of course.

I ask because I only have once SATA cable at the moment.

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November 11, 2008 4:09:09 AM

SATA? Isn't SATA 1 cable per device? or do you mean E-IDE?
November 11, 2008 4:22:09 AM

ZeCow is absolutely right. SATA is one cable per device. There are no master/slave relationships with those devices.

You'll need to pick up another SATA cable in order to hook up both devices. Go to a computer parts store (i.e. Microcenter) or order off of the internet. The cables are cheap and come in various lengths. carries the cables and they have good prices.

Good Luck,

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November 11, 2008 4:22:37 AM

Okay, I think I have it wrong, then. I was looking at the power cable. Then i guess I have plenty of SATA cables.

But so that means the power cable is capable of powering two SATA drives. Should I then use that one cable for both HDD and DVD-RW drive, or is it better for each to have its own dedicated power cable?
November 11, 2008 4:27:43 AM

Go ahead and use the one cable with two connectors. It will work fine. The power drawn will not exceed the capabilities of the cable.
November 11, 2008 4:30:05 AM

Thank you both for your help. I greatly appreciate it.
November 11, 2008 4:30:10 AM

Don't worry so much. Unless your running a 250W PSU left over from some old Dell or Compaq, your 12v rail should have plenty to spare.
November 11, 2008 4:40:59 AM

Thanks. I'll be running on a 750w Silverstone.

My full specs are as follows:

Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4
4870 X2
Asus Rampage Formula motherboard
1TB Seagate HDD
8GB Corasir dual-channel DDR2 800Mhz (4 sticks of 2GB)

I've been doing a lot of research, and I thought I had accumulated enough knowledge that assembling my rig would be a breeze, but I guess I don't know much if I couldn't tell the difference between a power cable and a SATA cable.