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    Additional Hard Disks

    I've built my own PC's for a while, and I've always used to HDD's on one IDE channel, and one or more optical drive on the other.

    I use a mini home network for backup, but I'm running out of space with 2 x300Gb drives (lots of photos).

    My MB (an Asus one) supports 4 SATA drives. Is it possible to add SATA to the existing IDE drives. The manual isn't clear (there's a surprise) it just says

    NViDIA nForce 4 SLI chipset supports
    2 x ultra DMA
    4 x Serial ATA
    Raid etc.


    Or is it necessary to have all IDE or all SATA.


    As an alternative, I presume I could add an IDE drive on the second IDE channel (I now only have one DVD drive) and this is rarely used other than for new installs

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    Re: Additional Hard Disks

    Although my SATA experience is limited to my current machine, if your motherboard has both SATA and IDE connectors, there should be no reason you can't mix. I can on mine although I only have two SATA.

    You also have today's fairly low priced external USB drives as an option, especially for something like backup. I have two and backup imaging to them works nicely.

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    Re: Additional Hard Disks

    Thanks, I'll try it then.

    I do have an extrenal USB as well that I use for extra off-site back-up, but it needs an external powre supply as well, and so is less convenient.

    Colin

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    Re: Additional Hard Disks

    You can mix IDE and SATA. I added a SATA drive to the wife's old machine which had IDE. The process was fairly painless apart from the porting of the old C drive onto the new SATA drive. The software which was supposed to do this messed up the Windows Installer which then broke Office2000. A deep clean of Office and a re-install solved it.
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    Re: Additional Hard Disks

    If you HAVE a spare IDE drive, then I would use that as a slave drive on the open IDE port.

    If you will be going out to BUY a new drive, then I would opt for SATA as being the more up to date type of HD.
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    Re: Additional Hard Disks

    I would also suggest this thread ( <post:=611,127>post 611,127</post:> ) as reference reading if you haven't already.

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