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Adding second hard internal hard drive

The original IDE cable only supports one hard drive for this computer. Will a new cable that has a second connector for a slave drive work in this computer. Can you tell me if the BIOS will accept the second drive. I would like to install a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160Gb ata/ide drive.

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Sure it will, put the jumper setting on the hdd to cable select mode.

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