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Old 02-17-04, 07:40 PM
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How can I hook up more then 4 IDE devices?

Ok, Here is what I have so far

DVD ROM

DVD-RW

13.7 GB HD

40 GB HD

160 GB HD

Floppy Drive



The MoBo


Do I need a PCI Controller card? If so, what is the best/(least expensive) one I should get?
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Old 02-17-04, 07:51 PM
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i've always wondered this as well, for more than 2 hard drives.
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Old 02-17-04, 07:54 PM
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Your motherboard has two SATA channels so you could get one or two SATA->IDE converters at about $30 each. But I'd just get a Promise IDE card. It will allow 4 more devices.

I've found that hard drives work great with them but most optical drives don't seem to get along with them very well.
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Yes, just get a Promise IDE card. It will allow 4 more devices.

I've found that hard drives work great with them but most optical drives don't seem to get along with them very well.
The MoBo can handle 4 IDE devices right?

There is also a SATA 'port' as well. But that won't help me out right?


So, given what you said about optical devices..

What kind of master/slave setup would you suggest for all the devices?
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Old 02-17-04, 08:28 PM
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I would throw away the 13.7 GB hard drive and put the 4 other drives on the motherboard's IDE controllers. The motherboard can handle 4 IDE drives and two SATA drives.

As to which drives are on what channels, it depends on what you do. Whether you copy between hard drives a lot, whether you copy CDs or burn CD/DVD from the hard drive, etc. Devices used simultaneously should probably be on different channels.
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I would throw away the 13.7 GB hard drive and put the 4 other drives on the motherboard's IDE controllers. The motherboard can handle 4 IDE drives and two SATA drives.

As to which drives are on what channels, it depends on what you do. Whether you copy between hard drives a lot, whether you copy CDs or burn CD/DVD from the hard drive, etc. Devices used simultaneously should probably be on different channels.

Is a PCI Controller Card out of the question? Or are they just garbage?
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Old 02-17-04, 10:04 PM
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Is a PCI Controller Card out of the question? Or are they just garbage?
No, they're very good. I'm using three of them right now and one computer uses the card for its primary and boot drives.

I just wouldn't even bother spending the money to save a drive worth about $5.87. But if you're going to add more drives I'd get one.
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I say ditch the small HD too. Or unless you burn discs on the fly, you can just ditch the dvd-rom.
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Old 02-17-04, 11:52 PM
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I also want to make room for future items like that "Media XP" hardware from Abit
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Old 02-18-04, 07:54 AM
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I'd get a promise card. You don't have to throw away the small hard drive. I have a 10GB drive that I use just as a DVD prep drive. Anytime I'm going to make a new DVD I just create the Video_ts folder on that drive and then burn the DVD. Once it's done I just erase everything.

Small drives like this are nice cause if you have to defrag them it doesn't take very long.
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The last several HDs I've bought came with free controller cards (Maxtor, I think). Look on the box, there will be a photo on the front corner, or a sticker.

Also, keep in mind that those extra drives need power. Don't add so many that you overload your power supply.
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I've used several Promise cards and have nothing but good things to say about them... they just work. However, if you plan on moving your OS drive to the Promise card make sure you install the card+drivers *before* you move the hard drive...
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