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    Advice please,

    I run two hard drives on my PC, but would like more "4 max"
    is it just a matter a replacing the double IDE cable?

    I've had a look on google but only came with IDE Dual Device Cables,
    but that would only hold 3.

    pehaps a external caddy would be a solution

    Any advice appreciated

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    You can only connect 2 drives to IDE cable (Master and slave).

    Most motherboards have 2 IDE connectors so 2 cables can support up to 4 devices. The problem is that optical drives also use them.

    If you motherboard has SATA then you can use that.

    You can also use a USB2 external housing.

    Lastly, you can add a PCI card that can add more expansion capabilities to your system.

    What motherboard do you have?

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    Most MB have 2 IDE connectors (each connector can handle 2 devices each for a total of 4 devices). Your are NOT going to find an IDE cable with 3 or 4 connections because there is no such animal.

    Other solutions:
    SATA Drives
    USB external drives (you can daisy chain these up to 128 times)


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    Each IDE connector can have 2 devices. A master and a slave. Most mobo's have 2 ide channels, so you can have 4 hard-drives, so long as you don't want any optical drives.

    You might want to consider a SATA drive, or connecting an external drive via USB.

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    Thanks for the info

    I've got a KM2MCOMBO-L ~ a bit outdated now

    I like the sound of the PCI card for expansion, did not know they did one.
    ebuyer have a caddy @ 3.99, looks okIDE Caddy With 2 Fan
    I'm sure they would work on the PCI expansion

    I'm a bit unsure about USB2 for an external drive, compared to the PCI card idea, Will see if I can get some details on transfer speeds first.

    SATA Drives: don't know if that would work on my PC, unknown if I could convert, I've seen the New Maxline Pro 500GB with 16 MB Cache, good reports.

    Much appreciated

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    External Serial ATA 1+1 Port PCI Adapter - ebuyer @ 12.04 PCI Adapter

    This would be a great upgrade for my PC at a low cost,
    and would work well I hope with the Ebuyer Caddy + sata drive for each bay in the PC, and would be handy so I can hot swap if need.

    Ask a question, get an answer, problem sorted, Nice one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CELEBS_ARE_US
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    Hey Duff...how's the RAID array working out?
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    The PCI card that I was refering to was: http://www.promise.com/product/produ...&product_id=87


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