Does it work to have a IDE and a SATA optical drive at the same time?

I already have a IDE DVD-ROM, however I want to add a Sata DVD burner. Is it a good thing to have both types at once? Are there compatibility issues?
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  1. SteveSmith1980 said:
    I already have a IDE DVD-ROM, however I want to add a Sata DVD burner. Is it a good thing to have both types at once? Are there compatibility issues?


    It won't make a bit of difference. They are on different controllers anyway. If your mobo supports both IDE and SATA you can add whatever you want they don't interact.
  2. If your board has both ide and sata ports, they will both work at the same time. However, you may have to change the controller in the bios.
  3. aford 10: I think that you meant Enable. But usually they are always on, unless someone has "tweaked" [like the usual suspects, friend, father, brother or you :)] your PC.
  4. The controller comes enabled. However, the OP may have to change the type of controller that is enabled. I've only had it happen to me once. I was using a foxconn board with a IDE hard drive and SATA opticals. However, the controller in the BIOS was set to IDE only, I had to change it to IDE/SATA combo. The bios setting will be different for each board though, it may not even be a problem.

    That's probably what I deserve for using a lower end board like that.
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