I already have a CD/DVD Rom in my pc, plus Floppy and Zip drives
I want to install a Sony DVD/RW
My motherboard is: Asus P3V133, PC133
Both motherboard port / IDE sockets â€“ Primary and Secondary - have flat, grey cable-connected plugs (long + oblong) inserted into them; the Floppy Drive Connector, next to them, is similarly connected; so there is a coiled, compressed bundle of 3 separate, flat cables issuing from these three ports, within the pc tower.
The motherboard Floppy Drive Connector is a plain grey flat cable with spare long, oblong plug on it.
Secondary IDE connector socket on motherboard has grey flat cable with purple stripe on one edge issuing from it â€“ it goes to/plugs into,
a) Zip drive, then
b) CD/DVD Rom
The CD/DVD is set to Master.
There does not appear to be a spare long, oblong plug on this flat cable (cos taken up by the Zip?)
- Primary IDE connector socket on motherboard also has the purple stripe (not very helpful) and goes to Hard Drive; it has a spare long, oblong plug on it.
It is not possible to say what the Hard Drive is set to because the socket on it is not marked or labelled; there are two jumpers [ie a double jumper arrangement] in position, one horizontal and one vertically positioned,â€“ the vertical one at extreme left of socket jumping/linking two pegs, and horizontal one beside this on the top row, linking two pegs horizontally.
IDE cable from Primary IDE connector has spare long oblong plug on it
Floppy cable has spare long oblong plug on it
IDE cable from Secondary IDE connector has two long plugs on it, one inserted into Zip drive and one inserted into CD/DVD Rom
Does this mean i need to sacrifice the Zip drive to use the second connector plug on the Secondary IDE cable for the new DVD/RW?
If so, can I connect an external Zip drive to my pc so that I can continue to access the thousands of files I have on 100MB zip disks â€“ and can I use the old zip drive, but USB-attached externally, for this?
ps what are the spare plugs on the primary IDE and the Floppy cable for, please?