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Can i Install PATA hdd on Dimension 4700

I already have two SATA hard drives, and i want to have one more PATA hard drive installed. Can i use CD/dvd IDE connections ?, Will there be any performance issues ?, Please help

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  • nMura Jan 24, 2008

    PC has only 2 sata ports and one IDE port(already have DVD burner) used and on the mother board it has one more IDE. I think that is only for Disk drive. am i correct or can i use the other IDE for PATA drive ?

    Or the IDE connected to DVD drive has one more for slave, can i use that ?

  • nMura Jan 25, 2008

    This is the layout of my pc

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/sy...



    For one IDE i have DVD drive and a CD drive, Can I use Floppy drive connector, Is this also IDE ?. Can i connect PATA drive to this ?

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I'm sorry, but I couldn't wade through this bunch responses, so I'm going to give you my own.

You have 2 sata drives installed, already, so you cannot add an additional one w/o a bunch of wonky adapters, so use the IDE channel. You say you have an IDE rom drive. Well, there's a reason there are 3 connections on an IDE cable. One side goes into the motherboard, the other 2 into your drives. The motherboard side is the one furthest away from the center connector. I assume you have the primary connector connected to your rom drive. the 2ndary one would be on your hdd. Why people asked you why you're doing this is beyond me. It works, you'll have an extra drive, your preference. Whatever.

Let me know if you have any more inquiries.

To answer your questions from your original post directly, the other 'ide' channel is specifically for a floppy disk You CANNOT connect an IDE cable to it. And yes, you can connect an  hdd to the slave port on the ide cable.

Posted on May 01, 2008

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I own this specific computer and it seems to me that the case has space for two hard drives only. If you have only 1 optical drive i guess you can use an adapter to mount hard drive #3 in the other optical drive slot. If you have 2 Optical drives installed where are you going to put the third hard drive?

Posted on May 01, 2008

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Sata pata fata mata all the same sh---t. no u can /t install a pat6a if you don't have ata capabiolities.ide is a different type of connection .an ata drive (pata,sata)has a different type of wire almost like a hmdi cable.gtive me the make and model of mthrbrd and all your drives .then i'll help u.raid can be a ide or a ta (saata ,pata )config. it basicly mean ur using 2 or more hd's in a fasterrr config"(raid 0) or a more redudancy config(raid 1 -5)get back to me i won"t steer u wrong<<<<<a+certified(john jay college)rating please>

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 24, 2008

    by the way you can have 20 slave drives it just dependend on the cables.the first in line is your master evrything afterwards is slaves,chech your jumpers.Why dop you want a raid config 4 wat purpose? gamer? <<

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 25, 2008

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AT_Attachme...

    ihttp://support.dell.com/support/edocs/sy...
    i hope theses would help you/.I think performance would be an issue.ide is old tech.how fast r your drives(rpm)i think 7200 is the fastest an eide dam drive can go .I have 11000 rpm sata drives in a raid 0 config.If your a gamer or looking for speed raid 0 is the way to go.lose the eide drives

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 25, 2008

    ATA--ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY ATACHMENT
    SATA----SERIAL" " '"""""""" ' '"" " ''" ' '''"
    pata-----parallel""""""""
    they are all same cable
    ide n eide are different cables
    floppy is also different cable
    wat r ur hdd?
    u can put all ur cd ,dvd drive s on 1 ide cable
    in a series config
    the floppy has it own port

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 25, 2008

    u bhave 2 sata ports
    u can put both drive s on 1 port n use the other for dvd
    or u can put a hhd as master and dvd as slave o1 and hdd as master on other
    u only have 1 ide port
    the floppy looks like ide but is smalleer

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 25, 2008

    http://www.directron.com/patasata.html
    try this link maybe help u understand more'
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    chris ZAMBROTTA Jan 31, 2008

    1more comment did u think about your power supply? add all these devices ,one must also upgrade power supply./\

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    chris ZAMBROTTA Feb 10, 2008

    by adding second hdd you will be increasing your performance immiencly ,if thats wat you want .you can run a raid 0 configuration,if ur looking for redundancy you run a RAID 1 cofig. trick out is wrong. any more ?'s get bacdk to me i'll showw you how to confogure a raid setup. fixya rating please.

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Why use pata. if you have sata on your mb. you must have raid support.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

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    richard lavoie Jan 28, 2008

    your already taking a performance hit by having two harddrives. when you access a program it reads fom one drive then stops and looks on other drive for additional files then back to other drive for more files. if you have one drive for os. and programs thats ok and other drive for storage ex. pictures,music and documents.

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Depending on your motherboard, you "should" have an IDE1 and IDE 2 connector on the board.

Just be sure to set the jumper to slave on the new drive.

Yes, you can use the cable with the double connector going to the cd drive, but you may have to tinker with the jumper settings between slave and CS (cable select).

I would just use another ribbon if it has another IDE port on the board.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

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    brian c Jan 23, 2008

    He may only have 2 SATA ports.

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    brian c Jan 24, 2008

    You can use either one.

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