4 ide devices on one IDE channel?

By korrupt
Aug 23, 2006
  1. Heres the deal, the only motherboard I can get that is compatible with my system has only 1 ide channel. This is no big deal but I was hoping to keep my IDE drive as backup... Is it possible to connect 3 IDE devices to one IDE channel? I already have 2 optical drives that take up both slots...

    Is there some sort of adaptor you can purchase?

    Although I appreciate your input, I dont need any suggestions on another motherboard I should get, as I stated i can only get this one:


  2. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    Thanks for your reply,

    thats all I was after:d


  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It would be safer and more convenient to use a PCI ATA controller card from a decent brand manufacturer (Promise is the only decent one still selling non-RAID ards AFAIK). This way you can keep your SATA ports free, there is less chance of incompatibilities and you have more flexibility.
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