I need to install another HD, need help ASAP

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Eiji, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. Eiji

    Eiji OSNN Addict

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    I am getting another HD tommorow.

    Here is my current setup.

    Primary IDE Channel

    Maxtor 40GB - Master
    Western Digital 120GB - Master

    Secondary IDE Channel

    NEC2500A DVD Writer - Master
    Plextor 40x CD Writer - Slave

    What I want to do is add another 200GB to the setup onto the Secondary IDE channel but I have no more connections left.

    How do i install the 3rd HD while keeping the rest of my setup intact without spending a ton of money?

    My motherboard is a ASUS A7V333 and I am using Windows XP w/ SP2.

    Any help will be appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sazar

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  3. Eiji

    Eiji OSNN Addict

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    I don't think my ASUS A7V333 is the RAID version.

    I'll look into the controller cards anyway.

    thanks ;)
     
  4. Eiji

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    Oh, one other thing.

    I don't have any power connectors left either.

    I'm already using a power splitter.

    4 connections are used for the 4 devices I already have and the 5th for my HSF.

    Do I just add another power splitter?
     
  5. Eiji

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    Maybe I'll just remove the CD Writer...
     
  6. Sazar

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    you can try adding a power splitter... or removing the cd writer...

    personally I think you should migrate data from the 40gig hdd to one of the bigger ones and stick that elsewhere :)

    there are some external enclosures you can buy online to house it in... data will be transfered via the USB or firewire ports... a bit slower but the enclosure and hdd combo == effectively an external hdd... :D
     
  7. VenomXt

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    spend 30 on newegg and get a usb2.0 enclosur for it.. best damn 30 i have ever spent. i love it.
     
  8. American Zombie

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    I am wondering why he has the DVD/CD on primary channels and the drives on the secondary. :confused:
     
  9. Eiji

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    My bad, I got the post wrong :p

    I have the two HDs in Primary as C and D drive.

    I really don't wanna waste that 40GB of space :)

    I may just remove the CD Writer, set the 200GB WD HD as Primary Slave and the 120GB HD as a secondary slave.

    is that setup ok?
     
  10. Tweakfiend

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    Just get an ATA Controller PCI Card and another power splitter..... I have additional 6 splitters running.
    Quite cheap.
     
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  12. Eiji

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    LOL, $249.95

    I really don't think so :rolleyes:
     
  13. Maveric169

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    ok, no offense, but what could you possibly need with that 40gb HDD when you will have a total of 320gb? I mean if you have a reason then I guess go with the controler card, but beyond that......

    I have a 80gb and a 60gb and a ton of games, software, programs etc and I still have 80gb free between the 2.
     
  14. dreamliner77

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    Get an external enclosure for the 40GB and be smart and use it as a backup device with disk images and important data on it.
     
  15. Xie

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    This is what I was going to suggest. What you want and rather cheap compared to your other options.
     
  16. Xie

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    I could fill it in a matter of weeks :)

    -edit- Oh and with 100% legit music
     
  17. VenomXt

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    i have 520 gigs and maybe 20 free right now.. before i lost 3 drives i had close to 600 all full... its really easy to do.
     
  18. Maveric169

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    The enclosure for a backup would be a great use of it!

    *** offtopic, What in the world do you all have on your pc's! I have over 28hrs worth of music and music videos, a backup of an entire website (I just keep it cause I made it), and like I said tons of games and misc programs, and a full backup of my system! Are you guys running multiple OS's and software for each or what? I am just curious as to what you use all that space for.

    I have nearly every document I have ever created on my machine and I just don't think I could fill the space with everything I got.
     
  19. Shamus MacNoob

    Shamus MacNoob Moderator Political User

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    In Images alone I have over 80gig , there there is my DVD's backed up , all my files , music , then install games so in my case I have a 160gig , a 80gig a 80gig a 40gig a 40gig for 400 gig Total

    But I have lots of free space still, I am a backup freak. All my game cd's and dvd's are backed up plus music. At the price it is now for HD's its nothing. 160gig hard drives are not even 200$ anymore.
     
  20. Xie

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    hmm.. not as much as I thought but probably because a majority of it was burned off to DVD/CD. Anyhoo I got 76GB of concerts right now and would like probably another TB if I had the space. :)