More than two hard drives

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  1. Rommel

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    I want a 300gig hd to add to my increasingly burdened 240gigs of space, whats the solution to this

    Do i get a PCI card (one of those that carries IDE ports so that i can just add the HD simply)?

    Is an external hd a good idea?

    Is RAID a good idea and what does it require, is it really worth it?

    thanks, just wanted to post this before i look in depth
     
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    Your motherboard should have 2 IDE ports, both of which can handle two devices (hard drives and cdroms). Do you have all of those ports in use? If so, look for a controller card. RAID would not be a good idea, since the drives are different sizes. Also, if you read my thread in the his forum where I asked about setting up a RAID, I was pretty much told RAID0 is a bad idea. :hs:
     
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    like he said you can just add another HD to your system, if you want RAID you can get a mobo w/ sata that supports raid. There is nothing wrong with RAID0, just that if one disk fails then you lose all your data. You'd lose data in the first place anyways, just not as much. back up anything important and your good to go. if you play games or work with large files it is great, i love it.
     
  4. Rommel

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    They are both used up

    I have
    DVD
    DVD burner
    120 gig 8meg cache
    120 gig 8meg cache

    so both IDE controllers on the mobo are occupied
     
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    get rid of the dvd drive then... unless you make massive amounts of disc copies, but most people dont
     
  6. Rommel

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    I dont want to compromise

    I like playing games and burning DVD's etc/ watching films + burning DVD's

    added to that my case is pretty huge so i've found most IDE cables simply dont reach from the DVD to the hd compartment

    Is an IDE controller the best option
     
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    an ide controller is a good idea, mind you the pci bus only has so much BW to share, so start adding and accessing 3-4 hard drives, 100mbit network cards, as well as video and dvd on a workstation mobo, and things will start to slow down.
     
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    Buy a longer cable.
     
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    wrong. cables longer than 24 inches will often suffer from degraded performance.
     
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    Get SCSI or something else that supports more than 2 devices per channel.
     
  11. lowfat

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    getting SCSI isn't as simple as that. SCSI doesn't come cheap. the drives cost quite a bit more, and then you need a SCSI controller as well.
     
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    The easiest solution to this is to buy a PCI ATA controller card. Best buy carries them for like $40 I think. You just pop it into a free PCI slot and it gives you 2 more ATA ports (Which support 2 devices per port) Plug it in, load up the driver from the cd that comes with it and you're good to go. Depending on the difficulty of the case to open, total install time 20 mins...
     
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    why not serial ata? get the pci card and the adapters. then you have a cable length of up to 1 M. you can also get the card with the built in raid.
     
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    yeah, but PCI card is stuck on a shared 133MB/s bus :(

    really no perfect solution.
     
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    Either go with an external firewire drive, RAID or get a PCI card to had more support for IDE drives.
    Putting a HDD on the same IDE chain as CD/DVD drive isn't a good idea, the CD/DVD drive and hurt the performance of the HDD as far as speed goes.
     

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