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

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February 1, 2009 5:54:28 PM

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?
March 3, 2009 7:18:31 PM

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.
a b G Storage
March 5, 2009 6:48:16 AM

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.
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March 5, 2009 8:45:47 AM

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.
a b G Storage
March 5, 2009 2:44:39 PM

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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