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Old 01-25-04, 01:14 PM
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I need an ATA controller card

I want to throw a 3rd HD and a 3rd optical drive into my PC. I need to find a controller card that:

-won't take over the system and try to replace the mobo controller
-will suport ATAPI/DMA devices
-works transparently and won't require me to constantly screw with the bios
-has at least 2 ata channels (sata not required)
-preferably costs

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The Promise IDE cards fit that bill although you might have to look around for the for that price. I'm not sure what they run but I got 3 of them for about $12 at a Staples closeout about a year ago.

I did find that optical drives and those cards don't really like each other. So I moved some hard drives to the controller and put the opticals on the motherboard's. The speed of the hard drives was the same either way.

In terms of which drives should go on which channel, I try to put devices that will be operating simultaneously on different channels. If you burn stuff off a particular hard drive the burner should be on a different channel. There's no reason to have all masters.
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Would I just open my PC, pop in the card, and boot up as if I were installing any other normal component? Or would I need to do a fresh reinstall of everything to get up and running.
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That should work. To be sure you could stick it in, load its drivers, shut down, then move your drives to it and start up. You might need to tell your BIOS what controller/drive to boot from.

I've added them to Win2K and WinXP systems with no problem.
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install just like any other peripheral device.
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How many drives can a typical 350W PS support? I already have a DVD drive, CD drive, and 2 HD (no floppy). It should be okay to put in 2 more HD, right?
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Depends on the quality of the PS.

I have an Antec 350 with 5 hard drives, 3 opticals, and a tape drive. All the PCI/AGP slots are full too.
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Depends on the quality of the PS.

I have an Antec 350 with 5 hard drives, 3 opticals, and a tape drive. All the PCI/AGP slots are full too.
Ditto.

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