Amazingly novice question about apple IIe and daisy chaining

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I have a question about how daisy-chaining works on the apple IIe. I have two apple A9M0107 5.25 inch drives and one 5.25 inch drive card with cable plugged into what I believe is drive 6. However, when I try linking the other drive to the back of the first drive after plugging the first drive into the back of the computer, only the first drive lights up. I have tested both drives individually and they both work fine, they are in great condition and run programs well. However, I do want to be able to use two drives, not one. Do I have to get another 5.25 drive card and plug the other one into another slot? The fear I have though is that programs that request you to save to a particular area might not work with two different slots with drives in them.

An unrelated question, where do I begin if I want to get into hacking, like all of you? I have no clue where to begin, and I got the apple II to learn a bit about how computers and programming work at the most basic level.

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Re: Amazingly novice question about apple IIe and daisy chaining

snowwhite wrote:

I have a question about how daisy-chaining works on the apple IIe. I have two apple A9M0107 5.25 inch drives and one 5.25 inch drive card with cable plugged into what I believe is drive 6. However, when I try linking the other drive to the back of the first drive after plugging the first drive into the back of the computer, only the first drive lights up.

That's normal - only the first drive will 'light up' when the Apple boots. Once you boot an operating system like DOS or ProDOS, then you could see the second drive start with this command:
CATALOG,D2
And switch back to the first drive with:
CATALOG,D1

snowwhite wrote:

An unrelated question, where do I begin if I want to get into hacking, like all of you? I have no clue where to begin, and I got the apple II to learn a bit about how computers and programming work at the most basic level.

You picked a good one to start with. Grab the BASIC programming manual (one online version is here) and just see where that leads you.