Argh. I went against this advice. Reason #1, the stupid IDE cable would not reach from the HD to the DVD burner.. no matter what. Plus, a friend told me that an IDE bus works as fast as its slowest device... so if I put an HD & DVD burner on the same IDE bus, the HD would perform slower. Not sure if that's true or not. But regardless, the stupid cable wouldn't reach.
> burner.. no matter what. Plus, a friend told me that an
This is no longer true.
You need to move things around in the case to make the cables reach.
The two channels on an IDE port share the same IRQ, so it's important to get you second HD onto the second channel, with its own IRQ.
Impossible to move things around in the case to get them close enough. Believe me, I've tried.
Damned Antec Sonata. The hard drive cage is WAY at the bottom. And I was not able to get the HD into the 3.5" area, it seems to be reserved for floppies only. The HDs won't fit there. And I have no cable that will reach from the HD cage at the bottom all the way to the top where the burner is.
Next time I upgrade (HDs are next), I'll find a way. Or maybe ditch this Sonata. I think this case is overrated. It's given me more headaches than its worth. There are many other silent case solutions out there. I really dislike the HD cage orientation (the Sonata has it rotated 90 degrees so that the HD pins are facing you when you open the side of the case). It's quite a hassle for those who aren't pulling out HDs every week, because of the added distance the cables need to reach between devices.