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Adding hard drives

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#1 ughmypc


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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:03 PM

Please excuse me if I'm asking this in the wrong area, I'm new to computer upgrades. I would like to add 20 hard drives to my pc. They each have to have their own operating system that I can access from (1) pc by either logging out and into another. I have been told this is possible but need to understand how? If it can not be done is it possible to achieve this result with external hard drives. Desperate for help, need to do this for a project and am stuck.

Edited by hamluis, 21 November 2011 - 11:32 AM.
Moved from System Building to Internal Hardware.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 12:15 AM

What exactly would be the point of such a setup if I may ask just for curiousitys sake? with the right amount of money and hardware, it is in theory possible, however, it may be easier to take 5 100 gig hard drives, partition them 4 ways a piece and put a individual operating system on each partition. Most modern motherboards come with at least 6 SATA ports if not more, so you should have room to plug in 5 hard drives plus one optical. You can use a partition manager from any OS boot disc be it windows or linux to set the partions up, and then use grub to switch between them. That would be the easiest way, other wise your trying to find a case big enough to fit 20 hard drives into, plus enough add on cards to allow connections to them, it would be really impractical for a setup like that, at least on a home computer. Now, with server set ups it can be done but not on a home PC, and with servers theyre usually RAIDed with only one OS.

Edited by the_patriot11, 19 November 2011 - 12:15 AM.



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