Two Hard Drives

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by nevs, Nov 24, 2002.

  1. nevs

    nevs Guest

    ok i have one hard drive on my pc but want to connect another one two. do i need a dual ide cable or is there 2 slots on the hard drive contoller??


    what shall i do?
     
  2. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    IDE cables have 3 connects each; one for the motherboard; the other two for the hard drives. Unless you have a dell; sometimes their IDE's have 1 connector, you're all set.

    Make sure the drive speed is the same on the line; otherwise; both drives will be running at the slower drive's speed.

    To avoid this; set your drive to another IDE channel.
     
  3. zoey

    zoey Guest

    What if I use an IDE Control card? I want to add a third. I'll have 2 at 133 and 1 at 100
     
  4. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    If you have an IDE control card; you can add a 3rd. Or a 4th. Or more :p

    Also; I don't know about you; but on my PC; on the mobo;
    I have IDE1, IDE2, IDE3, and IDE4.

    Can't use 3 or 4 though; that is for RAID I suspect :D
     
  5. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who Guest

    You can use IDE 3 and 4 as normal IDE controllers, works fine for me.
     
  6. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    That's interesting. They don't show up in the BIOS; but I never really tried connecting anything to them; maybe I should try one of my old WD drives, the 200MB kind:)
     
  7. Doctor Who

    Doctor Who Guest

    You'll need to enable the RAID controller in CMOS, but once thats done they can be used as normalIDE controllers for HDD's.
     
  8. Nick M

    Nick M Moderator

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    Thanks for the suggestion; I think I'm gonna go do that right now.