Yeah, it's strange. I know from when I've had my dad's 8400 Dimension open, (under the guide of a phone-tech back then) the ribbon cables were master-slave piggybacked as you described. But I don't remember if it was just the DVD drives or 2 DVD & 1 HDD. I don't even remember if he has 1 or 2 DVD drives come to think of it... These here, each device has it's own cable and they all have only 1 connector at their respective ends.
Anyway, I do understand that the ribbon I have linked to will support 2 devices and that the end one goes into the header. I just wanted to be certain this is IT, ya know. I got used to the separate cords in my rig for SATA & power.
I'm planning that when the HDD kicks it, I can move the 2nd DVD drive into it's place, as a modern HDD will connect via SATA III at least. Then again, it's 9 years old
and going strong! I can't believe it, especially after all I've put that thing through when I was in high school!
Thanks so much! I'd rep but can't here. ^_^
Who knows, maybe it'll be fast enough to run 7? Then I wouldn't feel so sheepish posting about a half-ancient computer in the regular categories.