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    Is it possible to connect three IDE hard drives together off a single motherboard IDE controller? I'm just asking because I've just bought myself a new 120GB hard drive and was wondering if I could use it along side my other two 45GB hard drives. I have a DVD drive and a CD-RW drive connected to my second motherboard IDE controller so using that isn't really an option.

    I know it's a bit of a noob question but all the computers I've ever built have only had two hard drives maximum.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Software & Hardware   -   #2
    don't think its possible theyre designed to take 2 devices each, u need either another eide controller, u can get pci ones for not very much or u can fit the extra hard drive as an external through a usb connector if u buy a external drive bay

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    yeah your mobo prob only has 1 IDE controller which can hold 2 hard drives. You can buy a PCI IDE controler..i dont see them often though lol and it should hold 2 more so you could have 4
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    Cheers all. Anyone know of any good affordable PCI IDE controllers?

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    I got one from a 5 year old computer! hahahaha lmao..but its serial..not pci hahaha ok all i can find is serial and ata controlers...but im still looking ..
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    bigdawgfoxx's Avatar Big Dawg
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    Different Card There are some links to where you can buy some cards...welcome lol
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    Cheers buddy!

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    another idea, sell off the crapest of your 45gig hardrive, and replace it with your 120. i mean you would have over 200gigs of storage with all three, even with the 2 you will still have at least 160, which is twice what i got. then it give u some money back which you spent on the 120gig. and you dont have to fork out any more money.

    or if you dont use the dvd rom much, take it out and put the 3rd drive there.

  9. Software & Hardware   -   #9
    when you use the pci controller would it be like this?

    MOTHERBOARD
    1st IDE
    HARD DRIVE (MASTER)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    2nd IDE
    CDRW (MASTER)
    CDROM (SLAVE)

    PCI CONTROLLER
    1st IDE
    HARD DRIVE (MASTER)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    2nd IDE
    HARD DRIVE (MASTER)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    like would the master and the slave be set the same?... or do they have be like

    MOTHERBOARD
    1st IDE
    HARD DRIVE (MASTER)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    2nd IDE
    CDRW (MASTER)
    CDROM (SLAVE)

    PCI CONTROLLER
    1st IDE
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    2nd IDE
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)
    HARD DRIVE (SLAVE)

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    it would be as you first said, as the computer just treats them as a new ide controller. which can consist of 4 drives,

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