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Installation of another drive

When I purchased my computer it came with the standard drives and a DVD-ROM drive, I later added a Zip 250 drive.  This Christmas I received a CD/RW drive.  I was told that I couldn't have the Zip and the CD/RW in at the same time, it was either one or the other (even though I had an empty bay).  I want my PC to have the A:drive, C:drive, E:Zip, D:CD/RW and DVD-rom drive, is this possible and if so what do I need to reinstall it?

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1st your a:drive has only one hole to be put
2nd count how many 'open wires do you have and then see if they r enough'....
3rd come back here and tell .....
"I was told that I couldn't have the Zip and the CD/RW in at the same time, it was either one or the other"

The person who told you this should have said you shouldn't really USE both at the same time.  You can certainly have both plugged in at the same time.  The Zip250 is just a slow device and can prevent a CD-R from burning properly if you are moving files to and from the Zip while making a CD.  If you remember to use only one or the other at a time, you're all set.  A system can have up to 8 IDE type devices, two per cable without any problems.  The A floppy is a special device with its own cable and does not affect IDE type devices at all.

So just go ahead and plug them all in, just making sure to have one 'master' and one 'slave' per cable.  There are technical points we could nitpick about theorectical performace gains and losses depending on which one is master and which is slave on which cable, but your devices will all function properly if you plug them in as I've described.

"I was told that I couldn't have the Zip and the CD/RW in at the same time, it was either one or the

You really shouldn't believe everything you are told.  There is no general reason why not and in fact I have a machine that has an IDE HDD, IDE CD-ROM, IDE CD-RW, and an IDE ZIP 250.  If it's impossible, how is it that my setup works?

What limits this is HOW MANY IDE DEVICES you want to put in.  You have 2 IDE channels in a standard PC, PRIMARY and SECONDARY and EACH CHANNEL has the capability of 2 devices, MASTER and SLAVE.  That's a TOTAL of 4 IDE DEVICES in a standard PC.

What I'd suggest is that you put the HDD and the DVD on the PRIMARY cable and the CD-RW and the ZIP on the SECONDARY cable.

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Don't forget that you can purchase a IDE bus card that will give additional IDE plug in's that offer DMA.
you may not have enough ide connections. Is there any free ide connectors inside your machine?
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