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Max # Of Cd Drives In A Computer?


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 11:17 AM

I always thought it would be really cool to have a tower like the Thermaltake Armor V800BS since that tower allows me to have 11 CD drives in. I was wondering how many CD drives I can actually put on a normal motherboard using IDE cables (and possibly in SATA? do CD drives come in SATA?).
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 12:30 PM

I know DVD comes in SATA. The cops here just busted a guy for counterfeiting DVD's. He had 2 units with 5 or 6 burners in each. Sure would have liked to see what power supply he had
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:38 PM

So do you think between IDE CD Drives and SATA DVD Drives I could max out the 11 slots in a V800BS using only motherboard connections, as in no SATA cards or anything?
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 04:12 PM

I beleive as long as you have enough hardware controllers you can have as many drives as you want all the way to letter Z after you run out of letters you can then mount drives to folders.

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 05:29 PM

Are there masters and slaves in SATA or only in IDE/PATA?
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 06:37 PM

I don't think so, but I'm not sure I haven't installed one yet. I didn't see it mentioned on wikipedia. Since each drive has its own cable problably not.

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 07:33 PM

I have a 6 and 6 CD drive tower that are SCSI. You can attach up to 14 devices on the newer SCSI cards. The dasiy chain.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:32 AM

Are there masters and slaves in SATA or only in IDE/PATA?


SATA drive don't get connected as master and slave just the IDE drives.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:27 AM

I am unsure if SATA drives get a "master" or a "slave" designation by the BIOS - but they do show up as such in the BIOS. For practical purposes this isn't of much use to the user as it's auto-negotiated between the drives and the BIOS., As for how many you can connect - I'd suppose it depends on the programming of the BIOS, but haven't found anything specific about it on the web.
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