Anybody got 3 internal HDDs?

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Ford Prefect
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Joined: Jun 17 2001

Hi Folks,
I've got a DELL 4100, mimi tower pc and it's got a 20GB drive for the system and a 40GB video drive in the second drive cage.
I've just bought a 120GB video drive and was going to use it to replace the 40GB drive, but I started thinking how much easier things would be if I had three drives!!!
The DELL spec says it can have 2 HDDs, 2 cd/dvd, and a ZIP so there should be no problem with power.
Has anybody done this already?
It would be a lot neater and cheaper than an external box.
Regards.

gordo
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Joined: Dec 19 2001

I'm currently running 3hdds, 1cdrw , 1dvd.

But i also have additional ide channels as I have a raid board.

The one downside that you will probably face is mixing the cd & a HDD on the same channel.

I would suggest putting the system drive and the cd on one channel, with the 2 faster hdds on the other.

gordo

tonyco
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Joined: Jul 7 1999

Errr I have 7 Interal Ide drive and A Pioneer A04 in my box. Oh and I also have another two in a MediaBank 1394 housing. MY motherboard has an on board raid controller.
Usually the tough bit is finding a PC with enough capacity to hold the hard disks. You can purchase conversion brackets to mount a 3.5" disk in a 5 1/4" bay, most pc shops will have these and Maplins definetly do.

Cheers

Tony Cobley www.infomedia-systems.co.uk

Regards

Tony Cobley
www.infomedia-hps.co.uk

Alan Craven
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Joined: Jan 26 2001

I have a Maxtor 20GB program drive with three primary partitions and an extended partition as primary master, a 100GB WD as my capture drive as primary slave.

The secondary channel has a 100GB IBM as master and a Ricoh CD burner as slave. I have no problems capturing to the Secondary channel master, despite having a CD drive on the same channel.

I actually have room for three more drives - an Audigy breakout box occupies one external 5.25" bay.

josjac
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Joined: Jul 6 2001

Hi

Whilst, of course, it`s solid practice to keep cd/dvd drives on a seperate channel to one or two HDD`s ... if you do have four IDE drives in total, obviously somat`s got to give.
Like Alan, i`ve got my dvd drive on the same IDE channel as one of my video drives(DMA mode 5) & it`s performance ISN`T affected by the slower (DMA mode 4) drive - unless they`re used at the same time (in my case never)
best regards
another Alan

Jim Bird
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Joined: Sep 15 2000

Hi,

A slightly more expensive alternative, is an external firewire drive with it's own power supply.

Jim Bird.

Ford Prefect
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Joined: Jun 17 2001

Thanks for the suggestions.
I've already got an external SCSI drive that I use to back up the Sytam drive, and I now have a 120GB Video drive (Western Digital with 8MB cache), so I am pretty well equipped.
It just seemed a shame to chuck out the old (only 18 months) 40GB Maxtor Diamond Max Plus 7200.!
Regards.