How many hard drives?

By mxer108
Aug 28, 2007
  1. With one cd drive hooked up what is the max amount of harddrives you can have connected?
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Without buying ide cards, external drive enclosures or using Sata hdd`s, normally 3 hard drives would be the max. Two on the primary channel and one on the secondary channel.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. mxer108

    mxer108 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well im just a brainstormer and that is why im asking about this how many i could have question. And i did mean to say internal. But what is a sata drive?
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    SATA=Serial ATA.

    I hope you find the above of interest.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. mxer108

    mxer108 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so with the normal plus sata how many can you have? And thank you for the link.
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That would depend on how many SATA ports your mobo had.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. Barney_Calhoun

    Barney_Calhoun TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Just take a peak at the mobo. I think (If im wrong, well this is like my fourth post) and the small colored things (Follow the colored wire from you HDD if you cant find them) should be SATA connecters. How ever many of those you have is how many SATA HDDs that mobo can handle.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,315   +618

    for background only: server systems need a farm of HDs and thus usually have
    a SCSI card which allows up to 15 devices per scsi adaptor.
  9. Quantex_rox

    Quantex_rox TS Rookie Posts: 123

    I believe that with 32bit windows xp pro, you can support 16 cd drives and 16 hard drives at once.
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I think how many drives your pc can support is mostly dependent on your mobo like someone recently stated, but if you want a lot of sata ports, go with one of the new server mobo's with sata arrangements.
  11. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I have run as many as 6 internal IDE hard drives at once, along with a DVD ROM and a Combo CD/DVD burner. I used a PCI IDE controller to run 4 of the six drives. SATA ports support 2 SATA devices each

    My case is an Antec full tower... It has 8 hard drive bays and 4 CDROM or 5 1/4" bays
  12. mxer108

    mxer108 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so how much would a amd compatible motherboard cost that could support that many?
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