IDE Cables

By CompuGeek247
May 16, 2003
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  1. Hi i just bought a a 40 gig harddrive. I just got it and it looks like i dont have an extra slot on my IDE Cable left. This is my 3rd hardrive. I have C drive/D drive, And now E drive if i can connect it. Ive been looking at sites for a ide cable with a 4th pin connector but I cant seem to find them. The most is 3 connections. Thats only for 2 hardrives. Can anyone show me a site where i can buy a IDE connector where i can connect 3 hardrives to them? Thank you. Any other help would be useful to so thanks!
  2. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    It's simply not possible, 2 drives per cable is the max.
  3. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    Well, as far as I know, unless you use any other technology like SCSI, RAID etc you cannot connect more than 4 IDE devices to the motherboard. They are Primary Master/Slave and secondary master/slave. Your BIOS would not support neither detect any extra drives. To have 3 HDDs, you should just connect the 3rd one (and the 4th one / the CDRom) to the second IDE cable (secondary drives) ...
  4. CompuGeek247

    CompuGeek247 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 66

    thanks for the info... not happy about it thou:( but if you dont mind answering another question what is raid?
  5. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    RAID : Redundant Array of Independent Disks

    http://www.acnc.com/04_01_00.html

    the data is broken down into blocks and each block is written to a separate disk drive.

    I/O performance is greatly improved by spreading the I/O load across many channels and drives.
  6. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    Not true about only 4 IDE devices. On most motherboards today, yes 4 IDE devices initially, but were you to put say another PCI IDE controller on your board, or if your board was like the ABIT Bp6 and came with 4 controllers, you can easily have 6, 8, and even more devices. It is limited by the number of controllers you have, not a static limitation.
  7. CompuGeek247

    CompuGeek247 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 66

    thanks again. Will serial Ata do the trick in getting my third drive to work. I dont want to feel like an ***** spending 80 bucks then not being able to use it.
  8. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    Serial ATA will only string devices if they are serial ATA drives to begin with. The converter cards, I am not sure if they would allow you to string more then four regular IDE devices together.

    however, you said you only have 2 drives?

    Do you have 2 hard drives, and 2 CD/DVD drives? If you only have 2 or 3 total, then you will still have room to add the new disc. Your board should have 2 IDE controllers, each with 1 cable that has 2 connectors.
  9. CompuGeek247

    CompuGeek247 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 66

    i have a cd drive and cd-rw drive. Then i have 3 hardrives. thats 5 drives in total. i still dont understand what you were saying. but it doesnt sound like it will handle 5 if im interpreting you correctly
  10. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    You are out of luck then unless you buy a seperate controller. you could always put the drive towards building yourself a new system ;)

    I am not sure if serial ATA converter cards for existing disks allow expansion beyond 4 devices, that is something to look into.
  11. CompuGeek247

    CompuGeek247 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 66

    no i refuse to let this get me. theres always a way. i know im not the only person in the world who has wanted more then 2 hardrives unless theres something wrong with the wrold. there are ways.
  12. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,928

    Seeing as you have an Asus A7N8X-DX mainboard, which I think may come with a serial to IDE converter (I know Abit supplies one with their board), you should be able to connect that 3rd hard drive to one of the available serial connectors (using the supplied adapter), and still have one connector spare, for an additional serial drive should you wish to add one later.
  13. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    There are IDE to Serial ATA adapters, but I do not understand why you would want to do that unless you have a SATA controller already?

    The best answer here is an add on PCI ATA-100/133 card.
     
  14. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    well Ok Soul, you're right
    i'm never thinking of adding PCI controllers though :)
    a friend of mine even found an extension card to be able to use 16 PCI cards on a mobo heheh .. :p
  15. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Your friend is using one.. Why won't you? :p
  16. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,382   +15

    Most defently get a simple ATA Card. Just go spend $20 on an ATA133 PCI card thats all. Check out newegg.com they have them the cheapest.

    Simple...done ;)
  17. DigitAlex

    DigitAlex TechSpot Paladin Posts: 583

    i didn't say he was using one

    he found a pic of it from the cebit website :p
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