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Windows 7: Only 1 IDE port but 2 IDE devices..

21 Oct 2010   #1
Sten

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 
Only 1 IDE port but 2 IDE devices..

Hey Everyone, new to this forum but if I posted wrong then please move it.

Alright I'm currently upgrading my computer alittle, started with a new motherboard, psu, cpu and graphicscard, but when i got the parts and started looking around I noticed that the mother board (MSI 770-C45) only had one IDE port, that probably is meant for the CD/DVD reader.

Since I have a harddrive wich doesnt have SATA I was wondering If I could just ignore the DVD reader and just go with the Harddrive on that IDE port without messing something up?

/Carl


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21 Oct 2010   #2
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

one IDE port supports two IDE devices.
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21 Oct 2010   #3
Sten

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Wow thanks to you for quick reply just to be clear it doesnt matter if its two different types o IE devices then? thank you once again
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21 Oct 2010   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You just need an IDE cable with 2 connectors


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21 Oct 2010   #5
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Just make sure you set one jumper to master & the other to slave on the 2nd device
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21 Oct 2010   #6
Sten

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yes then I'm happy, thanks to you too then better to be safe than sorry
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21 Oct 2010   #7
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

LiquidSnake is right. But most older preconfigured Systems (especially from HP come with shorter cables that only allows the connection of 1 device
Only 1 IDE port but 2 IDE devices..-44pin_ide_cable_-_30cm_main.jpg

What you need looks like THIS
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Where the blue port goes on the motherboard and the other two to you devices (HDD, CD, DVD, Burner etc.)
Remember to set the Jumpers on those devices correctly !

If you'd have to buy a new one anyways, I'd suggest one like this:
Only 1 IDE port but 2 IDE devices..-rounded_ide_black_24.jpg

the rounded version makes for a better air flow, thus improves cooling.

-DG

OOPs...Doc was faster


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21 Oct 2010   #8
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

And I think the round ones are easier to work with.
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21 Oct 2010   #9
Sten

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

oh this makes me feel welcome to the forums and I got the cable that allows me to connect 2 devices to the motherboard says slave and master on each connector, but got alittle confused again when your talking about putting one device on master and the other on slave. since the cable only allows me to connect it that way I was wondering if it has anything to do with the IDE ports on the devices? but maybe I'm just being stupid.. please fill me in with some more info about this way to connect multiple devices on one IDE cable.
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21 Oct 2010   #10
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

There should be jumper settings on the drives. Set the hard drive jumper to the master position and the CD drive jumper to the slave position.

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