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Adding More Than 3 Hard Drives

by lkish / November 18, 2005 10:32 PM PST

I'm going to take advantage of the after Thanksgiving sales and buy several hard drives. I have one computer that I'm going to set up as a file server and will be adding several hard drives. Is there a PCI card I need to buy to attach additional hard drives to? I'll be using Windows XP. Thanks

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Yes, many PCI cards
by Ray Harinec / November 19, 2005 12:34 AM PST

Why not go to SATA and get rid of a major ribbon cable air flow blockage problem???

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This works.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2005 12:35 AM PST

Put 2 on the first PATA IDE channel, then 1 hard disk plus your usual CD/DVDROM on the second channel.

3 hard disks without any fuss.

Bob

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(NT) (NT) Sorry, Robert I read it as MORE than 3 hard drives.
by Ray Harinec / November 19, 2005 2:38 AM PST
In reply to: This works.
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Ooops. Then pull the CDROM and add the fourth.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2005 2:51 AM PST

I was reading too many posts.

Bob

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What if I wanted to install more than 4?
by lkish / November 19, 2005 7:06 AM PST

Can I install as many PCI cards as the computer will hold? Also, what is SATA and what would I need to use SATA drives? I don't want to install a new motherboard, etc.

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SATA is well defined ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2005 7:22 AM PST

On google.com. I make it a point to point to google.com where it makes sense.

There are PCI SATA cards so that's an option.

Can you share the end goal? 4 drives seems like plenty since you can get 500GB drives that 2,000 GB in that box.

Bob

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Again, one good feature of
by Ray Harinec / November 19, 2005 9:21 AM PST

SATA drives is that they do not use a ribbon cable. A huge advantage when having beaucou drives. SATA drives are in the same price range as PATA drives. I now use Seagate's because they give 5 year warranty at the same price.

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What if I wanted to install more than 4?
by lkish / November 19, 2005 11:43 AM PST

Can I install as many PCI cards as the computer will hold? Also, what is SATA and what would I need to use SATA drives? I don't want to install a new motherboard, etc.

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Odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2005 11:50 AM PST

That question was answered.

The answer was yes.

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(NT) (NT) Thanks for all of your very helpful feedback
by lkish / November 19, 2005 12:33 PM PST
In reply to: Odd.
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