3 CD/DVD ROMS attached to 1 IDE Channel?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Dlovely, May 13, 2003.

  1. Dlovely

    Dlovely Guest

    Is there a way I can connect 3 Drives to 1 IDE Cable? I have a 1. DVD-rom 2.DVD-R/R 3.CD/RW and i'd like to have all go at the same time considering I have 4 face plate slots. There must be someway to do it right?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Alex_is_Axel

    Alex_is_Axel .:: FTPAlex ::.

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    if theres a way, i would like to know about it :D

    I got 3 hard drives you see.. and i need a 4th one :rolleyes:

    Space isnt enough these days :p hehe

    Sincerly Alex

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  3. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    this is what I use
    Promise TX2 Ultra ATA133 x4 channel IDE Controller PCI

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  4. [CpK]Bastid

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  5. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

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    Hey, seems good ! Does it really work ? How does the system (bios + Windows) support it ? Do you know the pricing ( because I didn't want to sign in just for this info ) ?
     
  6. [CpK]Bastid

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    dunno, just searched for it for the thread starter....i like keepin everything on separate channels when possible
     
  7. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    If you notice that link... it clearly states... "Hard Drive Round Cable for 2 Drive" It is not possible to have more than 2 devices on IDE. Sorry. I do have 4 IDE connectors on my MB though, which allows for 8 IDE devices, all running simotaneously. Good luck!
     
  8. Eck

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    Your only options are 1. Get a new motherboard with more IDE slots
    or
    2. Get a PCI IDE controller card like TwoZigZag mentioned.
     
  9. box2k2

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    No. No. No.

    You can ONLY have 2 IDE devices on each channel (1x Master & 1x Slave)

    Most motherboards integrate a controller that has 2 channels (Primary & Secondary) allowing upto 4 devices.

    Ways round it are:

    1. Integrated RAID controller (Abit AT7 MAX2 as an example)
    2. ATA expansion card (as seen above)
    3. SCSI

    1&2 simply provide more channels. As for SCSI - not my area :(

    Good Luck
     
  10. box2k2

    box2k2 OSNN Addict

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    Sorry Eck. Was typing as u posted :)
     
  11. Un4gIvEn1

    Un4gIvEn1 Moderator

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    SCSI allows for UP TO 15 devices on one chain.
     
  12. Alex_is_Axel

    Alex_is_Axel .:: FTPAlex ::.

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    so what do you think is the best thing to use to have more IDE connectors.. without getting a new Motherboard as being one of the options? :confused:

    Thank you for your help and time

    sincerly Alex :cool:
     
  13. Dlovely

    Dlovely Guest

    I have a Asus P4PE that supports raid but i have no idea how to put on 2 hard drives and 3 CD/CDRW Devices and connect them. I should just buy that Promise controller and it should theoretically make my life easier. I guess from there i would just hook up the extra drive to that? being that the other 2 drives are on my 1 IDE.

    thanks for the advice fellas
     
  14. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

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    assuming thats your board i think its correct...

    you can use the raid channel as a single ide channel, allowing you to connect a fifth device....

    example....ide 1: master hdd/slave hdd
    ide 2: cdrom/cdrw
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    ide 3(on the right edge of mobo): cdr


    I've used raid channels as regular ide channels b4 on my kt400 mobo........it might be possible that u could do the same
     
  15. BonyTony

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    Dlovely i hope Kermit is not hurting that little bear:eek:
     
  16. RogerPhillis

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    I would agree with Two Zigzag, on the ATA 133 controller card .
    I run a DVD/Zip/2x H/Drives on IDE Channels.
    So the ATA 133 maintains required speed for a separate DVD/RW+ drive.





    Chaintech mobo
    AMD 2200+
    512Mb Ram
    40 GB+30 GB H/ Drives
     
  17. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Get a IDE controller card. That's the only way except a new mobo.
     
  18. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    you have more than 6 drives total, dlovely? you have 3 channels, correct?
     
  19. Dlovely

    Dlovely Guest

    I have 3 CD/DVD/CD-RW drives, and I have 2 HDD. 5 total things i need to run. Currently I disconnected my DVD burner and just use my DVD-ROM and CD-RW but I get sick of disconnecting 1 to get the other to work. Luckily I have a easy Chieftec colored case to open the side door but I know there must be a way of doing it like described above. I don't know how to do the Raid way like that guy said so I think the promise controller seems best. They have an OEM one at Newegg.com for @ $35 which seems reasonable to me. I'd love to run raid hard drives and IDE CD/dvd drives but I don't know if its possible or if I'd even see a performance gain from that.
     
  20. [CpK]Bastid

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    no need to run a raid setup....

    it would work as a normal ide channel if u dont setup raid...that would be where u could connect your fifth device