can i use more than hard drive without raid

December 10, 2010 at 20:44:47
Specs: Windows 7, AMD 64 1.75
I need to install more hard drive but dont have a raid card. how can i do this without the raid card

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#1
December 10, 2010 at 21:17:05
Yes you can. One drive C: will be the master and you need to set the jumpers on the other so that it is a slave drive. I assume you have an optical drive. It will appear as D drive and the second HDD will then appear as E drive unless of course you have something else plugged in to which a drive letter has been assigned.

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#2
December 10, 2010 at 21:21:57
If u have 4 ide devices(2 hdd, 2 optical drives) connect them like this
-PRIMARY CHANNEL= HDD & OPTICAL DRIVE
-SECONDARY CHANNEL= HDD & OPTICAL DRIVE.

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#3
December 10, 2010 at 21:29:22
We have no idea what you're working with. Does your board support SATA & IDE or just IDE?

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#4
December 10, 2010 at 23:42:07
I assume only IDE is available.

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#5
December 11, 2010 at 01:38:22
I know that part, I said can I do it with more than 2 hard drives without a raid card.

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#6
December 11, 2010 at 01:39:19
I have 1 SATA Drive and 3 IDE Hard Drives and 2 IDE CD/DVD Units.

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#7
December 11, 2010 at 01:39:38
lol SATA And IDE

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#8
December 11, 2010 at 05:10:28
how can i do this without the raid card
What is this?

can I do it with more than 2 hard drives without a raid card
What is it?

Are you referring to setting up RAID?
If that is what you are referring to, then the question would be:
Does your motherboard natively support RAID?
If not then the answer is NO.

We are very much in the dark as you have not really explain what you want to achieve.
Additionally to help we would to know your current system set up. Not just how many hard drives you have.

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

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#9
December 11, 2010 at 07:23:02
if i take out my CD/DVD units it will and I only have 1 IDE port

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#10
December 11, 2010 at 11:44:37
kuwese

"If u have 4 ide devices(2 hdd, 2 optical drives) connect them like this
-PRIMARY CHANNEL= HDD & OPTICAL DRIVE
-SECONDARY CHANNEL= HDD & OPTICAL DRIVE."

It makes no difference at all what mix of optical or hard drives you have on the same IDE data cable, unless the main chipset is ancient, as in, first released before about 1998. The drives are accessed by the cpu one at a time, and each drive can achieve their full rated speed the mboard otherwise allows for.

If one or both drives on the same IDE header require a 80 wire data cable, of course you must use one.
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chestercribbs

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.

The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.
For Dell computers, they have a Service Tag number - the specific model can be determined by using that on their site, or can often be determined there automatically by you downloading some software, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer. The Service Tag number should be on a label on the outside of the case, probably on the bottom on a laptop, on the back on a desktop, and is often also shown in the bios Setup.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.
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Do you want to install a SATA drive or an IDE drive or does it matter ?
One or more than one ?

Most if not all drive controllers with RAID capability also support non-RAID use, and usually don't require that you set up a RAID array for the drives connected to it - that's almost always optional.

If you don't have enough free drive headers
- you don't need more than one optical drive. E.g. if you connect only a burner drive that will burn both DVDs and CDs, the only time you save if you have another drive to insert a disk in to be read when you're burning is ~ half of the time it takes to insert the same disk in a single burner drive and then having to place a blank disk in it to burn to.
- buy a PCI SATA drive controller card, or a PCI EIDE (PATA) drive controller card, or a PCI-E X1 SATA or combo SATA/IDE drive controller card, and connect the drive to that (they support at least two drives, if not more.) Make sure the drive controller chipset supports ATAPI if you want to be able to connect optical drives to it.
- buy a USB connected adapter you can connect a SATA drive or a EIDE drive or either to - BUT the max burst data transfer speed will determined by the max speed of the USB connection, not the max speed of the drive (they support one drive at a time).
- buy a external drive enclosure for each drive (or one you can install more than one drive in) - USB and firewire connected ones have the lesser max burst data transfer rate - an eSATA connected one has a much better max burst data transfer rate, but you must connect to an eSATA port for each enclosure, or have a spare SATA header on the mboard or on a card in a slot for each one you can connect a eSATA port in a plate you install in a card slot space wiring adapter to.


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