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Computer IDE Switch


Xenobius
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Dear friends,

I have a problem right now. I have 2 hardisks in my pc and 3 optical drives. Since I use all of them, I have to turn off the computer, unplug a cd-rom and plug in my dvdrom and turn on the computer again.

Is it possible to make a switch not on the power but on the IDE cable so that the computer will literally think the drive is not connected? altghou i will still leave it connected?

For example I was thinking.... I will cut only the data wires of the ribbon cable and make a switch to connect/disconnect them.

It this possible? .... I know there are 4 - 6 wires which the computer uses to verify if the cd-rom is connected and if i cut those, It will help a lot

thanks

A LOT

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