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By Daz'n'Ash ·
I have a Soltek65DV motherboard, Intel Celeron 466 MhZ processor, 544 MB Ram. Two HDDs, a 15 GB which WIn Me is installed and a 4.3 GB drive used for storage only, no O/S installed. 1 3.5 Floppy Drive, and a 52x CD Rom. My question is this ... can I run a PCI IDE controller card in conjunction with the onboard IDE controller so as to run extra HDDs?

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by TheChas In reply to PCI IDE controller

As long as you have a free PCI slot, and available resources, it should not be a problem.

You may need to try different slots for the new card to avoid resource conflicts.

I am using a Promise Ultra ATA 100 card along with the on-board IDE controller on my system. I realy enjoy the higher data rate of the ATA100 vs ATA66.

You can also install a SCSI card if you desire to use SCSI drives.

Watch your power supply rating as you add more drives. You may need to step up to a 300 or 350 watt supply to power everything.

Your next issue is going to be where to mount the extra drive(s). You may need to use a 5 1/4 to 3 1/2 convertor to mount a drive in an unused bay.
Depending on your case, you may be able to fabricate brackets tomount the drives below the existing internal bay.
Watch cooling vents and heat build-up as some new drives heat up a bit more than old drives.

Chas

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by Daz'n'Ash In reply to PCI IDE controller

Thanks Chas. I have plenty of space to mount the drives, I have at the moment one extra case fan for sooling with the intention of adding more soon. I have an ATX case and will add a 6 bay braket to hold the extra drives.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my question.

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