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#1 killmypc

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 12:51 PM

Hey yall,

I need to install another drive into my pc, but only have one IDE connector. My mobo has four ATA connectors, but, I cannot afford a drive for that right now.
A have a 60gig and would like to install it as a slave.

Can I do this with a controller card?
And what steps should I take, as to avoid having any problems with it?

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:19 PM

While I haven't done this, I've seen the posts of others who have.

Yes it's possible, and the best advice is to follow the directions that come with the controller card.

Another option is to get an IDE to SATA converter - one of the other forum members swears by this method (again, I haven't done this).
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 05:04 PM

I'll give it a shot.... :thumbsup:
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 05:14 PM

It appears you have a USB 2.0 bus. An external drive case would not be a bad choice. At least it is simple.

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 01:18 AM

Usasma, Well, the process was much easier than I thought it would be.
Plug it in, install the drivers from the cd, reboot, and it found the slave just fine, seems to be working well.

I am thinking about running both my drives off the main board now, and running the cd-rom from the card..., is that a good idea, or does it matter one way or the other?

Acklan, I have been told that an external drive is pretty much only good for storage, meaning pictures, etc. I have a M$ Flight Sim X that I need to run off the slave, could that be done with an external drive?

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Posted 26 November 2006 - 01:27 AM

To be honest I cannot speak to that. My gaming is limited to console games and Zuma on MSN Games. You in theory have 480 mbs of bandwidth (60MB), but I believe if the bandwidth is enough the response time would not.
A third controller would be your best bet since you are gaming. What you describe doing it probably the best.
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Posted 26 November 2006 - 07:33 AM

I set it up like that, with both drives on the main board, cd-rom from card.
Things seem to be good. Game plays faster now than before...(main drive was getting full)
I have no trouble with my cd-rom....All seems well.

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