You don't want to mix HD and optical drives on the same IDE connector.
You can buy a cheap SATA2IDE adapter (~US$12-$15) to connect IDE devices to SATA ports. The ones I've used worked great. Examples (not necessarily the ones I used cause the retailers change them from time to time)
Be sure to read the details in the description of the converter you buy, whether it's SATA2IDE or IDE2SATA. For example, you don't want to get the converter that goes the other way...allows you to attach a SATA drive to an IDE connector. An example of that kind of converter is at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156011
Thank you, John. Yes, I went there and you're right about people getting them mixed up. One poor guy received an admonition that he'd attempted things backwards, with "You Dummy" as emphasis! Oh, well, if he was able to lick his wounds, at least he got his advice.
Okay, I'll keep the HDDs separate from the opticals. I like both my opticals, and they can't really be replaced for the going cheapie prices around $20-$30, because both were especially nice ones. I still use the CD-only one, too. So your suggestion should work very well for me.
Now, let's suppose I put the two opticals on the one single IDE connector. Then I'm left with my 80 and my 320 HDDs. I could put the 320 onto one of those adapters, so it would then come in via a SATA connector. In that case I could forgo the 80 GB HD, and eventually get a SATA 500 GB HD, which then would be paired with my 320-on-an-adapter.
I wonder if the 320-on-an-adapter would slow down the "genuine SATA" HDD???
Incidentally, I think some folks were getting confused because of the mixed use of both the term SATA and Serial-ATA. I think some people didn't realize they were the same thing.
I think one of the fellows must have simply posted his very lucid, and seemingly useful, comment in the wrong place. If there was ever a situation which had a very high risk of being distorted in the English language, it must be PATA to SATA [or is that SATA to PATA].
Yup. It looks like the user are no more savvy than the retailers when it comes to labeling the connectivity. Everyone seems to use SATA2IDE and IDE2SATA pretty much interchangeably, so as I said above, read the product description details to make sure you get what you need.
And most adapters (that I know of) that allow an IDE drive to work (USB, etc) all require the drive's drive-select jumper to be set to MASTER for reliable operation or even just to work at all.
The adapters I got came with instructions...either on a scrap of paper or printed on the back of the package. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out.
BTW, you still cannot hot-plug your drives simply because you now have them connected to a SATA port.