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ryan29121
02-27-08, 10:08 PM
I heard somewhere that you are only able to have 2 disc drives installed in a single computer. Is it possible to have up to 4 drives installed and working? The computer that I want this for is set up with two drives currently installed with both connections being IDE. Could I install two more drives with those both being SATA connections? Thanks in advance for your help.

einstein_314
02-27-08, 11:10 PM
Lol, you definately heard wrong. Each IDE channel on your motherboard can support 2 hard drives. So if you have 2 IDE connectors on motherboard, you can have 4 hard drives/optical drives.

There is no limit as far as I know for a maximum number of drives. Just keep plugging them in. Buy more SATA PCI controllers and keep adding drives. I've currently got 3 SATA hard drives and 1 SATA DVD-Burner.

ryan29121
02-28-08, 07:57 AM
Thanks for the help. I guess I figured you could have as many as you want because of the amount of hard drives you can have.

Tr1cK
02-28-08, 08:09 AM
I'm guessing as many as you want as long as you can suitably run the drive controller and have open drive letters for assignment. Anybody know what happens in Windows OSes when you go past Z:?

stncttr908
02-28-08, 08:13 AM
I'm guessing as many as you want as long as you can suitably run the drive controller and have open drive letters for assignment. Anybody know what happens in Windows OSes when you go past Z:?
You can mount drives to folders, but there is a strict 26 drive limit. Linux of course does not have this problem (hda1, 2, 3 or sda1, 2, etc.) Linux does have a limit, but it's very high. I don't know it off hand.

EciDemon
02-28-08, 08:35 AM
Keep in mind, ide drives tend to get hot, so too many of then without some cooling or good airflow would raise ambient temperatures in the chassi. S-ata is much cooler running.
Edit: 160gb Seagate IDE around 40-45c and 500gb S-Ata Seagate around 20-25c in my chassi, there are plugins for Rivatuner to see this info for S.m.a.r.t enabled drives. Handy!

Tr1cK
02-28-08, 08:40 AM
Keep in mind, ide drives tend to get hot, so too many of then without some cooling or good airflow would raise ambient temperatures in the chassi. S-ata is much cooler running.
Edit: 160gb Seagate IDE around 40-45c and 500gb S-Ata Seagate around 20-25c in my chassi
huh?

I don't see what the interface has to do with the temperatures. It seems to me that the newer one would most likely have FDB which, I think, cause it to run cooler.

EciDemon
02-28-08, 08:42 AM
Dunno why actually, it just is. My two sata discs are cool to the touch, my old IDE discs are not. A friend of mine told me this as I figured Sata would get even hotter as they are faster.
Edit: Btw what is FDB ?

nekrosoft13
02-28-08, 08:45 AM
friends system, yes you can stick quite a few ;)
http://club.cdfreaks.com/attachments/f7/118404d1187736223-rolling56s-c2d-build-pics-image00001.jpg

Tr1cK
02-28-08, 08:46 AM
Dunno why actually, it just is. My two sata discs are cool to the touch, my old IDE discs are not. A friend of mine told me this as I figured Sata would get even hotter as they are faster.
Edit: Btw what is FDB ?
Fluid Dynamic Bearing (http://www.seagate.com/docs/pdf/whitepaper/fdb_motor_tp574.pdf)

EciDemon
02-28-08, 08:51 AM
Ah Gotcha, I knew that lol :D

now where the heck is that slap me on my forehead smiley?

-=DVS=-
02-28-08, 02:01 PM
This much
http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/8171/disksvinpq9.jpg

Feyy
02-28-08, 02:06 PM
You just revealed Slippes porn stash :wonder:

hokeyplyr48
02-28-08, 04:23 PM
holy crap, the heat and power for that must be enormous. but i'd love to have that much space...not sure what i'd do with it, but it'd be nice

Bman212121
02-28-08, 05:17 PM
Nice pic DVS.


You can have as many drives as you can fathom in one pc. If your going to be putting 26 drive into a pc your probably not going to be running them as seperate hard drives but with a good raid controller instead. Take this for example. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816151027&Tpk=areca

One skulltrail board + 4 areca 24 port cards = 100+ hard drives in one pc.


@The op: What mainboard are you using? A lot of the newer intel boards only have one IDE header on them so they can in fact only support 2 ide devices. If that's what you have then you would need to get sata devices in order to hook them up.

EDIT: I just looked at your signature and yes, if you get 2 more sata drives you can hook them up without problems.

stncttr908
02-28-08, 07:21 PM
I can't wait to build my RAID server. Soon. :)

KasuCode
02-29-08, 09:04 PM
I can't wait to build my RAID server. Soon. :)


That will be my next big project aswell.

crainger
02-29-08, 10:04 PM
holy crap, the heat and power for that must be enormous. but i'd love to have that much space...not sure what i'd do with it, but it'd be nice

Sad thing is, they are all only 500mb drives. ::(:

XDanger
03-01-08, 11:16 AM
@pic ,Defrag time - 3 months :D