[quote=Jusdafide;2071306]Is it possible to Use one ide drive and one cable to connect two different types of drives.
For Instance, my asus p5k-e board only has one Ide and six sata ports. I have a few older hdd’s lying around and a few older dvd burners that still work that I’d like to use in my system.
Would it cause any problems to use my ide connector on my board to hook up a dvd burner and a hdd on the same ide cable?[/quote]
Yes, you can, but if you use the HDD & the optical drive at the same time, the HDD will be very slow because the optical drive is slow.
Optical drives commonly operate using UDMA2 or UDMA 4 (33MB/s or 66MB/s respectively). HDD’s commonly use UDMA5 or UDMA6 (100MB/s or 133MB/s respectively).
Because they use the same signal channel, the HDD will either be forced to wait for the optical drive to finish its (slow) transfer and then run the channel at high speed for the HDD transfer, or the HDD will be forced to drop back to the slower speeds.
The short answer is yes.
The more accurate answer is yes, but don’t use them at them at the same time