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Mobo only one ide connection socket for HDD & CD-Rom

I have just renewed my Motherboard to a Gigabyte s-series and find it only has one ide cable socket whereas my old motherboard had 2 sockets one for my hard disk and one for the CD-Rom.
Is there any way I can connect both items to the one socket.
Appreciate any help with this problem

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  • dellseys Jan 06, 2009

    i upgraded my desktop with a new motherboard i used to use p 3 board and case so i had to change th case as well. all done, i had this ide cable 3 in one . i tried connecting one to the CD one to the hard disk and the last one to the motherboard.

    when i boot the machine it those not want to read a bootable windows CD even though the cdrom is set to first in priority. the hdd also has windows already installed on it when it gets there it wants to boot the windows when it attempts to do so the systems reboots. i made the hdd master and cd-rom slave wat can i do


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Yes you can add both your HDD and CD-ROM Drive with the same IDE, get a IDE data interface cable (BUS) atleast three connection point. Add 1 to mobo, second to HDD and top 1 one to CD-ROM drive. Just connect and dun wrry m sure it will

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