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A second CD Rom Drive

I currently have a DVD Drive on my computer and I would like to add a CD-RW to my computer.  There are only 2 IDE ports on my motherboard.  One is connected to my HD and the second to my DVD rom.  How do I hook my CD-RW up???  PLease be very specific and go step by step because I am a computer novice.  
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jhanceCommented:
Each of the two IDE ports can have up to 2 IDE drives on them.  So you can have a total of 4 IDE devices.  It's likely that your IDE cables have only two connectors on them.  Get a 3 connector IDE cable (most computer shops have them) and make your DVD the MASTER and your CD-RW the SLAVE on the secondary IDE cable.
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tsengtAuthor Commented:
Do you mean a IDE cable should have 1 connector to the motherboard but splits out into 2 connectors on the other end.  Also, how do you set up which is the Master and which is the slave on the secondary IDE cable?

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jhanceCommented:
An IDE cable with 3 connectors is laid out like this:

X-------------------X---------X

The X represents a connector and the --- represents the wire.  The leftmost X goes into the MB and the other two go to the drives.  The cable is straight so you must change a jumper on the drives themselves to make them MASTER or SLAVE.  Usually there is a set of jumpers on the back labeled M, S, and CS or MASTER, SLAVE, CABLE SELECT.  Set ONE of the drives to M and the other drive to S.  Don't use CS unless your computer manual says to use it.

If you can't find the jumpers, check the manual for the drive.
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My name is MudSystems EngineerCommented:
And is a good advise no to mix IDE and Atapi, ok in plain english, place you two CD in a single cable, this will be the Secondary IDE port, like jhance say, and the HDD in the Primary IDE port...


just a suggestion...



BTW, what kind of CD-RW you're gonna buy??? do you know about buffer underruns??? how to burn, and on what???
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tsengtAuthor Commented:
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