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S a Mar 04, 2005, 02:14am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hi, i have a ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard. how can i install 3 hard drives with out using a PCI Promise Fast Track. i also have a dvd writer and cd writer. so i cant use those either. any ideas?


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George King Mar 04, 2005, 02:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How to install three (3) hard drives?
well buddy ur out of luck that mainboard only supports 4 ide devices directly plugged into it... gotta use the fast track or u can get an external enclosure for that extra HDD so u can run it through a usb/firewire port and u can move it from computer to computer

Digitalfixx Mar 04, 2005, 03:23am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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or you could buy a cheap pci controller card that will support 4 more drives. Adaptec, Promise brands

Wildwood Mar 04, 2005, 03:38am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Or, since you really don't need a DVD writer and a CD writer, why not get rid of the CD writer? Then you'll have a place for that hard drive.

S a Mar 04, 2005, 03:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How to install three (3) hard drives?
yeah, tks guys, i need my 2 cd-roms. is there any way that i can use my raid to install the third HD. pri_raid. http://usa.asus.com/prog/spec.asp?m=P4C800-E%20Deluxe&langs=09# (on bottom left hand corner)

bossa ritchie Mar 04, 2005, 05:20am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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You shouldnt plug a Hard Drive and a CD Drive into the same IDE cable.

Digitalfixx Mar 04, 2005, 01:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Some raid controllers will allow drives to work on the controller without raid being enabled, You'll need to look in the motherboard manual and the bios setup screens. You would enable the raid controller in the bios and if you plan to boot from that drive you must set the boot order in the bios to use the raid drive 0 as the boot drive. Usually you set those setting then when the computer just finishes up the power on self test the raid configuration utility will give you a chance to hit some combination of keys like: ctrl-H to enter the utility. Once in the utility you may have to configure the drive(s) for non raid use. Some of the newer onboard raid won't allow non raid use so you'll need to check into that.

S a Mar 04, 2005, 05:49pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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hey tks guys. i finally got it. actually i can add up to 6 drives. i added the third hard drive to the raid. ( 1 dvd rom, 1 cd rom, and 3 hard drives) i can now even add one more hard drive. but after that i have to buy a pci promise fasttrak. tks anyway guys.

Harris Walktin Mar 04, 2005, 07:25pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I agree with Bossa, HDD's should not mingle with CDD's. Conflicts will occur.

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Steve Vickers Mar 04, 2005, 09:36pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: How to install three (3) hard drives?
Heres a option for ya...external hard drive connected via USB2 or firewire....

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