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#1 Gswiss

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 01:11 PM

I have an Asus P4P800 Deluxe MotherBoard on which are connected two dvd burners on one IDE channel and two IDE disks on the other IDE channel. I have two additional IDE disks connected to a Promise Ultra Storage Controller Card (it's too late that I discovered that I could have used the RAID controllers).

When I connected temporarily a SATA disk on the MB plug, my two optical readers were not recognised any more. Does this mean that the MB will only accommodate a maximum of 6 physical disks?

I am running under Intel P4 with w2k-sp4 and xp home sp1 dual boot.

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 02:15 PM

Did you configure S-ATA in the bios?
If you don't, the port is treated as an IDE port instead, which is probably why your optical drives disappear. :thumbsup:
Win2k "may" have a problem seeing the S-ATA drive so boot to XP to have the first look.
I believe that board natively handles at least 6 physical drives, maybe 8. (plus whatever is on the controller card).

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 06:57 PM

If you are still having trouble you could also get a couple of hard drive usb/firewire enclosures for about 50$CAD each.

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 05:10 PM

Did you configure S-ATA in the bios?
If you don't, the port is treated as an IDE port instead, which is probably why your optical drives disappear. :thumbsup:
Win2k "may" have a problem seeing the S-ATA drive so boot to XP to have the first look.
I believe that board natively handles at least 6 physical drives, maybe 8. (plus whatever is on the controller card).

i configured bios properly. i was running p-ata only which i changed to p-ata and s-ata. 2ary channel optical readers were ignored as soon as i connected the s-ata disk

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 05:11 PM

If you are still having trouble you could also get a couple of hard drive usb/firewire enclosures for about 50$CAD each.

i wanted to avoid that. i will probably replace my current disks with larger capacity ones. less cumbersome.

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 09:29 PM

That is also a good idea... I have seen 300GB drives for 100 bucks...

Here is a link, it comes with a drive enclosure but you could just sell that on ebay or keep it if you want to use it for another drive or something...

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/sea...RCCODE=CANEM557

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Posted 12 May 2006 - 10:59 PM

Staples has the Western Digital 300GB Internal EIDE/Ultra ATA Hard Drive on sale for $89.99 with their coupon which saves you $70.00. See the details at the link below.

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/s...cmArea=HOMEPAGE

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 09:48 AM

And if there is a mail-in rebate mail it in... it actually comes...

And with staples you can "mail it in" over the net so it get's here withing 3 weeks like mine did.

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Posted 21 May 2006 - 08:05 AM

Thanks for the tips




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