I have an old P4 3.0Ghz that has a IDE hard drive and 2 IDE DVD writers. The new build I have has an M4A785TD-V EVO MOBO that has 1 PATA socket that says it will handle up to 2 drives. Can I run the HD and 1 DVD-RW on it or should I get an SATA HD and put both DVD-RWs on it, and will that work?
Both a HDD and DVD drive will work on the same PATA port as told. However, you will find that the system may have slowed down becasue the speed of the HDD will be limited to the speed of the DVD drive and vice versa. I would suggest you replace either the HDD or optical, or both.
Like I said ... and humbly ... Relegate those older drives (even the opticals) to cheap, external, USB2.0 enclosures. They will be portable and more flexible and, most of the time, they will not be powered-on ... and, so, will last a long time ... If you ever need an extra burner, for batch-burns, you can hook one up ... same w/the HDDs ... USB ... in a drawer ... OR ...load all your family media onto the old HDD, and send it to a family member for "off-site archives".
... There are even ULTRA-CHEAP EIDE>USB adapter cables, so you won't have to pay for the actual enclosure and can swap devices quickly ... (that make sense?).
... Leave the older parts out of your build ... you got your money's-worth already.
I ended up with ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO and the Athalon II 630. I used 4Gig of GSkill DDR3 RAM, a 500 Gb WD Green HDD, and mixed 1 EIDE DVD-RW with a PATA DVD-RW. Win 7 Home loaded fine and I am planning on getting it into action after I get well from this head cold. Thanks for all the input wisdom from those more experienced. larrys640