Thanks. I was hoping this was not so. Despite seeing some adverts for (DVD Sata or Pata) Is Pata also new ?
PATA is Parallel ATA, uses the IDE cables. PATA was re-named from ATA/ATAPI when SATA showed up.
As there are more than one connection for devices on the ribbon IDE. Can I connect the IDE HD and one DVD on the same ribbon cable ?
PATA/IDE usually allows two devices on one ribbon. If you want to use a HDD and a DVD/CD, attach the HDD to last connector and the CD/DVD to the middle connector.
Currently I have two DVD's connected on one cable but as they dont get accessed at the same time I guess that why it works. May be different for HD and DVD!
No, and yes it is different for HDD and CD/DVD combo on the same ribbon.