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DVD burner SATA master, slave


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Initial post: Feb 16, 2010, 8:36:36 AM PST
Carol Osborn says:
I just bought a new Compact computer that came with a DVD burner.
There is a slot for another DVD burner. I wish to have two DVD burners one master one slave. Question is cables. I see that you can buy a spliter for power to two DVD burners. I have not seen a spliter data cable to hook up to the two DVD burners. Anyone have any idea on how to do this?

Posted on Feb 20, 2010, 11:48:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2010, 11:49:57 AM PST
Tim B. says:
I'm assuming that since you mentioned Master and Slave, that these are IDE (aka PATA) interfaces. If this is true, then there is no special splitter required, any IDE Ribbon cable with three connectors on it is needed (two for the devices and the third to connect to the mother board. Here is one that will suffice.Belkin F3G523-36INCH Internal IDE Dual Hard Drive Ribbon Cable. I'm not endorsing this over any other, I just quickly picked one from the list for use as an example.

That said, if the burners are using the SATA interface, then you they will each reside on their own channel. You cannot daisy chain SATA like you can PATA. SATA uses a cable such as this one: StarTech.com 18IN SATA HARD DRIVE CABLE ( SATA18RA1 )

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2010, 5:27:23 PM PST
Carol Osborn says:
I am talking about a SATA conection. One DVD burner is conected to the motherboard. I am trying to figure out where to conect the second DVD burner that I hope to install. How about a USB SATA cable?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2010, 7:52:43 PM PST
Tim B. says:
There is typically four or more SATA connectors on the motherboard and they are not always red. If you cannot find any on there, google your make or model for a drawn layout of the motherboard which is often easier to read in black and white than to trudge through the quagmire of components.

If you find that you are limited to just the two SATA connectors (assuming the HD is SATA as well), then you can get an expansion card (most commonly PCI but you can also find PCI-e) Syba SD-SATA-4P Serial ATA150 4x Ports RAID Controller Card with SIL3114 Chipset - Retail for fairly cheap and with extra ports and it allows for more expansion later on, though I would recommend against using their RAID as I am not a fan of the soft RAID outside of the OS that is on most of the cards you find.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2010, 8:14:38 AM PST
Carol Osborn says:
perfect, just what I needed to know. Thanks
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