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Can i Install PATA hdd on Dimension 4700

\015 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\015

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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.
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?
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