Running more than 4 IDEs

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hi,

I'm running 2X HD-Drives and 2X Optical Drives on my PC, the mainboard is an EPOX-8RDA3+ [http://www.epox.com.tw/eng/products_content.php?ps=230]

I would like to add two more IDE Disks that i already have. Is there a way of getting around to this without taking off my Optical Drives or getting a PCI IDE controller?

cheers...
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Nope. Adding more IDE devices would require another IDE controller.

Which are pretty cheap actually
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... &CatId=508
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Post 3+ Months Ago

You need to buy another IDE PCI card, answer it to a free PCI slot in your mother board, you can add 4 IDE drives ;)
Good luck !
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I know i may sound stupid but i have an IDE PCI card just lyin around. if you want it i'll give it to you for free. And shippings no problem i'll pay for it.
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you serious EliteHunter? You do know i am at New Zealand! If you still can i would really appreciate it...
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your board has SATA ports..if u dont get a card or if he cant end up sending u that card then u can just get new faster SATA drives,OR u can buy a SATA to IDE converter(link below)

http://sewelldirect.com/SerialATAtoIDEC ... rch=search

that would give your drives(depending on how fast they are) a speed boost
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Can it also be a IDE to SATA converter?
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yes..that is made to plug into an IDE hard drive and then u plug your SATA cables from the motherboard to that,it has to be hooked up power wise a different kind of way,which it shows in that link i sent u on my last post....but that is what that is made for.....and i think it can be pluged into your motherboards IDE's (if it well fit) and make your IDE's SATA as well...
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ok cool. I might as well go and shop for that
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thanks xdude! i guess EliteHunter was just pissin' about :| ... Got hold of a PCI IDE Controller luckily for $30NZ Dollars. Components are quite expensive here (New Zealand)... tried looking at SATA IDE Converter, cost around $60+ :(
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the link i sent to the converter was only for 20 bucks (U.S.A.)
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Right, but thats $20 for one IDE channel. Buy a PCI IDE card for the same price, and you get 4 IDE channels.
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i hade one of those before and it turned off my primary IDE on the board to use the card..is that all cards of just that one,i hade it like 6 years ago...but the SATA converter would let the drive run as fast as it wants...so if you want ever ounce of speed the converter would be the way to go,if all u want to do is hook up the drives for storage or something,then the card would be ok....

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