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#1 taxi.driver09

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:56 AM

First of all, I'm entirely new to serial ata!
I have a dell dimensions 3100 series tower and I would like to put an extra hard drive in but the computer has a single sata connection. My question is do they make dual sata connections? The motherboard doesn't have a second connection for a sata to run dual cables.
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:36 AM

Hi taxi.driver09

With SATA being a serial connection, each controler\cable supports one device unlike the older PATA where the controler\cable supported a master and a slave (hence two connections for each cable). You can however buy a PCI SATA card to pop in your computer pending you have a spare PCI slot. See here for example.

Hope that helps,
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:13 AM

Would this work?
http://cgi.ebay.com/3-SATA-SERIAL-1-Port-IDE-PCI-RAID-Controller-Card-A22-/300509931234?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f7c9a6e2#ht_4390wt_1198

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:28 AM

I would think so taxi.driver09, although I would have two concerns, it does not list Vista in its support list, and that I am usualy a bit wary of ordering cheap from Hong Kong. You could always mail them to ask if Vista\Win 7 is supported should you require that support.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:32 AM

it will not be from hong kong because i'll deal with a local shop. i just used that as a general idea.
running xp sp3. Thank you for the idea. still a little new to computers and still learning.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 05:43 AM

In that case that is the type of device you are looking for taxi.driver09. And nothing like Bleeping Computer and the web to help us learn :) Good luck and maybe let us know how you get on.

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