adding extra hdd

  filthyphil 08:44 20 Jul 2007

i have an 80Gb hdd in my pc at the moment and i would like to put another one in the spare bay.
the only problem is the ribbon cable has only three connectors on it mobo,hdd,dvdrw.
the other dvd rom ribbon cable has a spare connector can i use this?
can you get ribbon cables with more than three connectors

  Technotiger 08:47 20 Jul 2007

Basically, Yes - you can juggle the connections on the ide cable(s) for best fit, but make sure jumpers are set accordingly.

  Technotiger 08:52 20 Jul 2007

PS - End connection on IDE cable is for Master, Middle connection for Slave.

  filthyphil 08:55 20 Jul 2007

at the moment my dvdrw is the on master and hdd is slave will i have to swap them around?
and with dvd rom on the second ribbon will it make any difference which one is master dvd rom or second hdd?

  Technotiger 08:58 20 Jul 2007

Always best to have Hard drive as Master DVD ROM as Slave. You can swap them around.

  Technotiger 09:03 20 Jul 2007

Some useful info for beginners ...

click here

  filthyphil 09:46 20 Jul 2007

many thanks Technotiger i will try this later on.
so my main hdd will be master on ide1 with dvd rom as slave.
ide 2 will have second hdd as master with dvdrw as slave.
again many thanks

  Technotiger 09:46 20 Jul 2007

Yes, that will be ok.

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