I have two 120gb Seagates running off the SIL controller but would like to\nuse 5ICHR SATA controller.\nI also have a DVD/R/RW, a DVD ROM and a CDR/RW connected to the IDE ports.\n\nI am not running any raid configuration but somehow feel that if I'm not\nconnected to the Intel sata ports I'm\nsomehow cheated of some speed as I am using the PCI bus I believe with the\nSIL ports.\n\nSo to my question, can I run both SATA drives off the Intel 5ICHR and have\nmy three optical drives still running\noff the IDE channels. I have tried various combinations but always loose my\ndrives connected to IDE 1 and 2 because\nthe system boots but I no longer have my DVD burner or the CDR as they share\nIDE 1. The DVD Rom\nis on IDE 2 as this helps me to burn on the fly as the DVD rom can read all\nthe media both burners need.\nI have been trying on and off since I built this system last September and I\nfinally have pulled my finger out and\nam trying to resolve this issue as it bugs me.\n\nMy intention is to get another two SATA drives, totalling 4 and at present,\nI can't find a way to make this happen,\nI was under the impression when buying this board I could do this but I\ncan't make it happen at the moment.\n\nI have tried all three optical drives (Pioneer 106, Pioneer ATA 66 DVD Rom\nand a LiteOn 52x52x24 CDR)\non IDE 3 and 4 and none are detected. I also thought optical drives were\nsupposed to work on these ports as\nI had read all the articles prior to buying the system saying this is\npossible. Were these all false claims?\nI honestly have a very reliable system, I sometimes freak it out when\nwatching TV and editing video at\nthe same time but I know I am asking for it, I get away with it most times\nthough.\n\nAny suggestions would be appreciated as I have been brewing on this for\ncomming upto a year now.\n\n\nRegards,\n\n\nPhil\n\nSystem;\nOriginal bios (F3 I believe)\nP4 2.6 @ 2.73 (can't seem to overclock any higher and I am sick of pulling\nthe battery out every time I try)\n2 x 512 mb ram (Kingston)\n2 x 120 gb HDD\nATI 9800 pro\nAbove mentioned optical drives\nAVerTV tuner card.