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Buy SATA dvd/rw to replace IDE? Good idea?

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One of my computers is a Dell 690 workstation. It has the maximum of 4 hard disk drives, all SATA. It has 2 dvd rw drives that are IDE. I am replacing a defective  IDE drive with a new one. There are better choices in drives that are SATA than IDE. Is it OK to leave one of the IDE connectors open and install a SATA replacement? There ARE 2 or 3 open SATA sockets on the motherboard. I am not clear on if they can be used if I am already using 4 for the hard drives. If your answer is YES then can I assume there are adaptor cables that convert from the "normal" 4 pin hard drive plug to the long power plug for a sata drive? I already  have spare sata data cables, just not any power cables.
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You need to check the manual for the motherboard online at support.dell.com.  It will provide the rules that dictate what combinations of IDE & SATA ports may be used at the same time, and which of those ports will work.  There are typically several permutations that depend on how you are  currently set up.  
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How many Sata port there , you can put the  HDD on 0 to 4 and other are DVDROM/RW
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I have confirmed that what I want to do is possible. Thanks for your Expert assistance!
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