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post #21 of 33
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Hi guys,
I've been looking through the manual and I found this:
http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/pe2600/en/ug/5j718aa0.htm#1039239
Under "Drives" it says " one IDE CD or DVD drive".
I'll look through the motherboard when I get home tonight.

About the IDE Controller Card: I'd rather nottinker with floppy drives, because I don't have a floppy drive on the server, only CD and Tape. (The tape drive is broken.)

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post #22 of 33
had a quick look for you - the board has a non-standard IDE connector right in the middle (by the RAID card DIMM slot). But you should just be able to replace the current IDE CD-ROM drive with a DVD drive without issue.
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Yes, I see it.
I'll need to buy an IDE cable.
Just to reassure: The raid card is bootable for the DVD Drive, right?
    
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post #24 of 33
should be - else how could you install an OS from the original CD-ROM?
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You could also do a pxe boot and install over the network. Kinda complicated, but if you really are in a pinch it can be done.
 
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had a quick look for you - the board has a non-standard IDE connector right in the middle (by the RAID card DIMM slot). But you should just be able to replace the current IDE CD-ROM drive with a DVD drive without issue.
Can you clarify where it is? I cannot seem to find it... I bought the IDE cable.
    
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post #27 of 33
Look here.
post #28 of 33
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Thanks, the_beast,
On the server, it isn't a standard connector. Is there a specific name for that connector?
I'd need to buy a standard ide-non-standard cable connector. The CD drive that was included has that same connection, so the converter wasn't in the system.
    
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post #29 of 33
can you post some more pictures of everything you have? It's tricky to work out what you have now and the components your server contains working only from what you've posted so far and the docs. Was your original CD drive a SCSI unit?

You will likely have to buy a board, not just a cable to connect your IDE drive as I believe the connector contains both the IDE plus the floppy interface.
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Their are programs out there that will break up larger files into smaller ones. You could use your current CD drive this way.
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