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Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ? Is there a IDE
cable like that
available in the market ? There are some discussions about adding 3 or 4
hard disks
but they talk about making your cd-rom drive a slave and third hard disk as
master .
Also some discussions talk about newer motherboards have 2 IDE connectors
and
there by giving the flexibility to add 4 hard disks. I am right now shopping
for a barebones pc
and interested to find out this info so as to buy what i want .

Thanks
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Oradba Linux wrote:
    > Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ?

    No.


    -WD
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Sun, 02 May 2004 14:34:04 GMT, "Oradba Linux" <techiey2k3@comcast.net>
    wrote:

    >Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ? Is there a IDE
    >cable like that
    >available in the market ? There are some discussions about adding 3 or 4
    >hard disks
    >but they talk about making your cd-rom drive a slave and third hard disk as
    >master .
    >Also some discussions talk about newer motherboards have 2 IDE connectors
    >and
    >there by giving the flexibility to add 4 hard disks. I am right now shopping
    >for a barebones pc
    >and interested to find out this info so as to buy what i want .
    >
    >Thanks
    >

    Only 2 ATA/IDE devices per cable. No way around it. A master and a slave
    is all that can be there.

    Almost all current motherboards have 2 IDE controllers/connectors. Gives a
    total of 4 devices (1 master + 1 slave per cable). Some have additional
    connectors for more drives. It is becoming common to have 2 SATA connectors
    for the new style of drives starting to show up.

    Sounds like you need to visit some of the beginers hardware sites. Good
    luck

    JT
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    >
    > Only 2 ATA/IDE devices per cable. No way around it. A master and a slave
    > is all that can be there.
    >
    > Almost all current motherboards have 2 IDE controllers/connectors. Gives
    a
    > total of 4 devices (1 master + 1 slave per cable). Some have additional
    > connectors for more drives. It is becoming common to have 2 SATA
    connectors
    > for the new style of drives starting to show up.

    That, and some motherboards have more than 2 IDE connectors. If someone
    wants to use 3 or more IDE hard drives though, probably the smartest
    solution would be to add an IDE expansion card for a couple more IDE
    connectors. Just make sure your boot drive is connected to the
    otherboard. -Dave
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    On Sun, 2 May 2004 11:09:11 -0400, "Dave C." <mdupre@sff.net> wrote:

    >>
    >> Only 2 ATA/IDE devices per cable. No way around it. A master and a slave
    >> is all that can be there.
    >>
    >> Almost all current motherboards have 2 IDE controllers/connectors. Gives
    >a
    >> total of 4 devices (1 master + 1 slave per cable). Some have additional
    >> connectors for more drives. It is becoming common to have 2 SATA
    >connectors
    >> for the new style of drives starting to show up.
    >
    >That, and some motherboards have more than 2 IDE connectors. If someone
    >wants to use 3 or more IDE hard drives though, probably the smartest
    >solution would be to add an IDE expansion card for a couple more IDE
    >connectors. Just make sure your boot drive is connected to the
    >otherboard. -Dave
    >

    I did mention additional connectors ;) Probably wasn't as obvious as it
    could have been that SATA wasn't the only possible additional connectors.

    Additionaly, most addon card controllers can be bootable. Just have to set
    the BIOS setup to boot SCSI, which these cards look like to the computer.

    JT
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    An IDE controller can only support TWO drives, not three.

    --
    DaveW


    "Oradba Linux" <techiey2k3@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:wF7lc.15587$I%1.1129677@attbi_s51...
    > Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ? Is there a IDE
    > cable like that
    > available in the market ? There are some discussions about adding 3 or 4
    > hard disks
    > but they talk about making your cd-rom drive a slave and third hard disk
    as
    > master .
    > Also some discussions talk about newer motherboards have 2 IDE connectors
    > and
    > there by giving the flexibility to add 4 hard disks. I am right now
    shopping
    > for a barebones pc
    > and interested to find out this info so as to buy what i want .
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "Oradba Linux" <techiey2k3@comcast.net> wrote in message
    news:wF7lc.15587$I%1.1129677@attbi_s51...
    > Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ? Is there a IDE
    > cable like that
    > available in the market ? There are some discussions about adding 3 or 4
    > hard disks
    > but they talk about making your cd-rom drive a slave and third hard disk
    as
    > master .
    > Also some discussions talk about newer motherboards have 2 IDE connectors
    > and
    > there by giving the flexibility to add 4 hard disks. I am right now
    shopping
    > for a barebones pc
    > and interested to find out this info so as to buy what i want .
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    >

    any mobo i;'ve ever seen has had two ide channels
    and you can install two devices per channel...
    so you could put one hd and one cd on one channel

    then two harddrives on the second.

    if you need more drives...just add a pci controller


    otherwise go with SCSI !
  7. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    "philo" <philo@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:109c4viti5jns24@corp.supernews.com...
    >
    > "Oradba Linux" <techiey2k3@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:wF7lc.15587$I%1.1129677@attbi_s51...
    > > Can an IDE cable support a master disk and 2 slave disks ? Is
    there a IDE
    > > cable like that
    > > available in the market ? There are some discussions about adding
    3 or 4
    > > hard disks
    > > but they talk about making your cd-rom drive a slave and third
    hard disk
    > as
    > > master .
    > > Also some discussions talk about newer motherboards have 2 IDE
    connectors
    > > and
    > > there by giving the flexibility to add 4 hard disks. I am right
    now
    > shopping
    > > for a barebones pc
    > > and interested to find out this info so as to buy what i want .
    > >
    > > Thanks
    > >
    > >
    >
    > any mobo i;'ve ever seen has had two ide channels
    > and you can install two devices per channel...
    > so you could put one hd and one cd on one channel
    >
    > then two harddrives on the second.
    >
    > if you need more drives...just add a pci controller
    >
    >
    > otherwise go with SCSI !
    >

    I've got two motherboards that have four controllers each. More I can
    put up to eight IDE devices on them.
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