BTW -- I use both PATA and SATA, but mostly SATA. Previous motherboard in that chassis was an ASUS PSCH-SR/SATA. There are 4 SATA hard drives, 2 PATA removable Hard drives, a Zip drive, a CDROM and an AT style floppy.
BTW -- I use both PATA and SATA, but mostly SATA. Previous motherboard in that chassis was an ASUS PSCH-SR/SATA. There are 4 SATA hard drives, 2 PATA removable Hard drives, a Zip drive, a CDROM and an AT style floppy. The floppy was a special 3.5 inch AT compatible from Irvine Data Systems.
P.S.S. I forgot to mention -- I first built that machine many years ago with an ASUS P4C800E. Then upgraded to PSCH-SR/SATA. Now I am upgrading with the P5WDG2. CPU is an INTEL Core 2 Quad QX6700 "Kentsfield." There are 4 SATA hard drives, an ASUS EN7600GS graphics card.
Now it makes sense. That motherboard only has one IDE socket, and you have plugged two PATA hdds in there and now don't have any place to plug in your CD-ROM.
My suggestion? If you have four SATA hdds then you should have enough space to transfer the information from the PATA drives and eliminate the old drives. Or you could install them in an exterior enclosure and connect them via a USB port. Extension cards are going to make the speed of the optical drive dependent on the PCI bus speed.
Thanks Doc. I forgot to mention that I had a zip drive and two removable hard drivces in that setup as well. I'll have to do without them for a while. That machine was more of a beast than I realized; but then, I built it about ten years ago when my mind was really sharp.
I quite agree! The question is not an existensial one! I was asking whether or not Windows XP will recognize it and load the windows CD from it. There are only certain qualified devices which the Windows XP Installer will recognize.