Can a third IDE Hard Drive be on the CD-ROM Ribbon Cable
Posted on 2006-03-26
Please respond to all three questions below.
(1) Windows 2000 Pro. There are two IDE (ATA) HDs on the HD ribbon cable. Can the CD/DVD ribbon cable have a CD-RW and a third IDE HD on it AND all three HDs show up in My Computer and are accessible,as well as the CD-RW?
i.e Can one have more than two internal HDs in a PC; this is really the same question I believe because the HD ribbon cable only has two connectors so the above question is essentially the same question as the one in this sentence.
In answering assume there are enough physical bays (including spare optical bays with railing/converters) for the three HDs and the one CD-RW.
(2) If there is no "HD" ribbon cable and "CD/DVD" ribbon cable (i.e they are both just IDE ribbon cables and one can put whatever one wants on them) THAT PIECE OF INFORMATION WOULD BE MOST INFORMATIVE. Please answer this with a yes or no. But even if that were so, it would NOT answer the query in the first sentence of this Question. Because it is still possible that having a CD-RW and a HD on the same ribbon cable will not work.
(3) If your answer is YES to (1) above, please state whether you personally have actually done this and seen that it works OR your information is 2nd hand OR provide a link to a credible source saying this can be done.