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Old 02-25-2005, 12:01 PM   #1
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Can I have more than 4 IDE devices in my PC?


I recently upgraded my PC and replaced my cd writer with a dvd writer. So now I have 3 IDE hard drives and 1 IDE DVD writer. I would like to keep using my cd writer as well, but the motherboard only allows 4 IDE devices - AFAIK...

Is it possible to add more IDE devices and, if so, how?

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Old 02-25-2005, 12:42 PM   #2
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with an additional IDE controller cards you can put as many as you have pci slots for

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...102-008&DEPA=0
 
Old 02-25-2005, 12:44 PM   #3
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actually this would be a llittle better/cheaper
http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproduc...102-027&DEPA=0
 
Old 02-25-2005, 04:41 PM   #4
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Of course another approach would be to replace your existing drives with larger capacity ones, then remove one or two of the drives and install the CD into the newly opened IDE slot. You'd have to manually transfer the data onto the new drive, but it's another option.

Buying a second IDE controller though is probably the better choice. Good luck with it -- J.W.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 05:02 PM   #5
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I disagree--upgrading to a larger hard drive is better because it reduces power consumption and heat generation. This improves the reliability of the computer. As a bonus, the new larger hard drive is probably FASTER than all of the old hard drives put together. You get better system performance! And it's quieter!

Furthermore, there are simply fewer devices to fail. No matter how many hard drives you have, whenever one fails you WILL do something about it. Even if the only thing you do is shrug and pull it out of the case, it's an annoyance better avoided in the first place.

My policy has long been to put one hard drive in a workstation. For maximum performance, the ideal is prossibly two hard drives--but more than two doesn't really gain you any performance.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 10:08 PM   #6
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My policy has long been to put one hard drive in a workstation.
My policy is to use SCSI drives. And, being lazy, I tend to get more space by sticking another drive in. My current personal workstation has 4 SCSI drives, 2 DVD drives (one a burner), a zip drive, and a floppy. It also has 13 fans.

I have dozens of SCSIs running, and several IDEs. The oldest SCSI is a 1 Gig drive in an Amiga 3000 that ran 24/7/365 from 1990 to 2000, and still gets booted and used occasionally.

All my drives on all my machines run 24/7/365. The current longest running one that is in continuous use is a 6.4 Gig Quantum fireball SCSI that is in my office server. It has been running continuously (and without trouble) since June 1997.

In the last 15 years, I have had one SCSI drive fail. In the same period of time, I have had only one IDE drive last more than 4 years.

Of course, SCSIs cost a lot more per gigabyte.
 
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All good points, and just the clarify, the reason I suggested that the second controller card would probably be the better choice for most people is due to the fact that replacing existing drives with larger ones would most likely cost more money, involve more work (to transfer the data), and take more time than just buying a relatively inexpensive card and installing it. However, it does come with added benefits as IsaacKuo indicates. Obviously the final decision would be up to the individual. -- J.W.
 
Old 02-26-2005, 08:52 AM   #8
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Thanx :)

Thanx for all the good advice. I guess I'll go for the extra controller solution as I really don't want to trash my existing harddrives.

Cheers
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