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January 11, 2011 2:23:53 PM

im gonna buy a new mainboard, but it has only one IDE slot.
now my question is can i put a hard drive and a cd/dvd-rom device together on one IDE cable.
if this is possible what would be the best jumper settings on my hdd and CD/DVD device?

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a c 375 G Storage
January 11, 2011 2:48:56 PM

A single IDE channel can utilize two devices. You can make the hard drive the master and the dvd a slave.

Why even bother with the IDE? All new mobo's have SATA ports. Unless you need that old hardware, I'd replace it with newer SATA devices, at least the hard drive as it will be much faster.
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a b G Storage
January 11, 2011 2:48:56 PM

Hi Pjedroke and welcome to Tom's forum.

Yeah you can IDE ports support two devices, but you need configure that devices as Master and Slave with the jumper that you say.

Just check the back side of the device to know the position for configure the device as Master or Slave.
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a b G Storage
January 11, 2011 3:12:29 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
A single IDE channel can utilize two devices. You can make the hard drive the master and the dvd a slave.

Why even bother with the IDE? All new mobo's have SATA ports. Unless you need that old hardware, I'd replace it with newer SATA devices, at least the hard drive as it will be much faster.


ESPECIALLY for the hard drive. If you have an old IDE CD or DVD that you want to keep, it's not as big of a deal (for a single device there should be jumper settings either on a lable on the device, or google it). But the SATA HDs are way faster than IDE.
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January 13, 2011 4:46:04 PM

well thanks for some good answers
the reason im not using SATAIII yet is money becouse the processor costs round 999€ and ten dont got any money left
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a b G Storage
January 13, 2011 6:48:49 PM

what processor costs 999 euros? That's like $1200 or so, right?
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a b G Storage
January 13, 2011 7:39:53 PM

Could be 990x or some Xeon or Opteron.
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a c 375 G Storage
January 14, 2011 10:54:59 AM

Which make/model motherboard are you getting? It should have SATA ports in addition to the IDE port. Also, SATA3 ports can run SATA 1 and SATA 2 drives. There is no need to by a more expensive SATA 3 drive.
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a b G Storage
January 14, 2011 11:03:13 AM

saint19 said:
Could be 990x or some Xeon or Opteron.


Yeah, I kind of knew that. What I should have asked is "why are you buying a 999 euro processor" ;) 
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a b G Storage
January 14, 2011 11:07:00 AM

I think that is a typo, or just because he can :lol: 

But with the same 990 euros you build an entire rig with a lot of performance.
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