Adding a new Hard Drive in the Zip Drive Bay

Today, I was looking inside my power mac 466 Digital Audio, and I realized that it appeared that a third hard drive could fit into the Zip Drive bay. I has a spare HD and Zip drive lying around, and I realized that they are the same height and width. I know that they use the same connectors (on some dells, the zip drive is plugged in with the HD 2 connector), so is it possible to connect a third hard drive in the Zip bay. In the powermac manual, apple doesn't say that you can, but is it possible, and if it is possible, is it harmful to the computer?

Those particular PowerMacs have two IDE controllers with master/slave setups. One IDE controller is for the optical and Zip drives and the other is for hard drives. You can have two IDE hard drives on the double sled in the back of the PowerMac. You can have a single hard drive each on the middle and front sleds also, but you'll need a separate PCI controller for those drives. That would give you four hard drives without doing anything contrary to Apple's original design. You can put a pair of 120GB IDE hard drives on the double sled and built in IDE controller in the back and then put a pair of 1.5TB SATA drives on the middle and front sleds hooked to a PCI SATA controller. If you need more than that you've still got FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet external storage... What are you doing that needs that much storage anyway? Can't you just burn stuff to CD or DVD and get it off your hard drive(s)? I do video encoding for a TV network and I really don't use much hard drive space. I burn my finished work onto CD or DVD and then delete it off my hard drives.

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