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Am I able to have 1 SATA and 2 IDE HDDs?

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Okay so I have a Hitachi 320GB (Only 290GB usable, only 250GB free) and I want to record some TV shows and such, but that takes up a lot of space. Now I have two 40GB IDE HDDs that are just lying around and yes I know 80GB isn't a lot, I'd love to have a 2TB but right now I'm looking for a GPU so I make do with what I got. I wanted to know if I could hook up the two IDEs and the SATA? I'm asking because I notice on the IDE cables that there is a Master and a Slave, and I'm not sure what that means. My MoBo does have an IDE connecter, so how would I go about doing this, ie, what setting would I have to change, if any?

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If your baord supports IDE then yes. Set one drive as a master and the other as a slave and get a cable that has 3 connectors on it.
 
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Just plug everything in, it should automatically detect everything. I have fun sata and IDE drive togther and there was no special setup. The only thing i can think of that might give you a small issue, is make sure the bios is set to boot from which ever drive you have windows on, because i know my computer tried to boot from the IDE drive once I installed it.
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I have Win 7 on one, and the IDEs have Win. XP. I have the BIOS set to boot from my SATA but I can easily change it to that if it attempts to boot from the IDEs. Okay thanks guys I just wanted to make sure, and I'll probably have to wait till tomorrow lol I'm downloading and updating MSE. Finally getting all my software onto my new computer.

Also need to work on some cable management on the inside..
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