Secondary IDE port/connector for hard drive

By cigarman
Dec 12, 2006
  1. Will I run into trouble connecting a hard drive to the secondary IDE port/cable--the one that's normally used for CD and DVD drives and such? Or should this not be done? I have two hard drives hooked up to the main IDE-0 connector and want to add a third, large-capacity drive to be used for backing up the other two drives, connecting this to the available IDE-1 cable connector--the other connector of which is hooked up to a DVD drive. I would want to put this new hard drive in a mobile rack & tray fixture that would mount in the 5 1/2 drive bay below the DVD unit--or above, depending on how things fit.

    Would the computer recognize this as a hard drive even though it would be connected on the same cable as the DVD drive? Or does this mean problems?
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Set its jumper setting to slave and is will work perfectly well!!!!
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    It just means that the hard drive will have a transfer rate at the same level as the DVD drive (+/- ATA-66).
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Yes you can do it, it will be fine. Pay attention to jumper settings.
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