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Chemical Ali
07-03-2006, 07:34 PM
Hi All

I have an aging FIC AN17 motherboard which is running a 160GB IDE hard drive on the primary IDE channel and a DVD-Rom drive and a DVD Writer on the secondary IDE channel -- planning to use it as my new Jukebox PC (original Mo/bo in PC has failed).
Running Win XP Pro (SP2).
Only got the 160GB drive to work as the boot drive by selecting Cable Select on the pin settings -- BIOS wouldn't recognise the drive on primary IDE channel if it was set to 'master' (32GB problem on older motherboards I presume).
Went to motherboard manufacturer's site and there was no BIOS update to accept larger drive sizes (i.e. +32GB OR +137GB)
Looking at installing about another 400GB capacity to store all my music, MPEG & Digi photo files and was unsure whether to:
1: Buy a 400GB IDE hard drive and run it as the slave on the primary IDE channel
or ..
2: Buy an SCSI PCI card and intsall 1-2 SATA drives on that.
Am worried that my BIOS/Motherboard will refuse to recognise the 400GB IDE drive if it is installed as the slave drive (presumably can't have 2 IDE hard drives set as 'cable select' on the same channel I presume??).
Will I take a significant performance hit if I go for option 2 as compared to option 1?

Opinions/advice most welcome.

Thanks in advance ...

Chemical Ali
07-03-2006, 08:02 PM
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07-03-2006, 08:13 PM
Okay, just to make sure i got this you have
2 optical drives on IDE 1
1 160gb cable select boot drive on IDE 0

I would for a start check the IDE cable you are using, 80 pin not the older DMA33 cable 64? pin. I dont thinks its got anything to do with the BIOS if it read the drive correctly (ie: size) when on cable select.
As for adding more HDD, either of the 2 listed below seems fine to me, the SCSI controller will need SCSI drives thru. You could install a SATA controller for the SATA drives, however I dont see the need UNLESS you cant find a big enough IDE drive.

You have to remember that any extented PCI card is going to be limited by the PCI bus as opposed to an on-board SATA controller (if AMD system, you dont say, i cant be bothered looking up the board).

Option 1 therefore the cheaper option.

Chemical Ali
07-03-2006, 08:23 PM
It is an AMD system

So you can run 2 IDE-based hard drives both on 'cable select'?

If so then yes a large-capacity IDE drive would seem to be the best way to go.

Chemical Ali
07-03-2006, 09:22 PM
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07-03-2006, 10:59 PM
So you can run 2 IDE-based hard drives both on 'cable select'?

I don't see why not, but I doubt that your motherboard will recognise a 400 gig drive.

I've never heard of a drive only working on cable select before.

08-03-2006, 12:08 PM
If it recognises 160Gb, then 400Gb will be no problem. The old 137Gb was the shut off point before sp1 XP.

No problems with 2 drives on 1 IDE channel, thats why it has master and slave!

Chemical Ali
08-03-2006, 09:24 PM
Yeah I know there's no problems with having 2 drives oon an IDE channel -- but can they both be set to 'cable select' is my concern/question.

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2006, 09:48 PM
IDE hdds dont always work if u use cable select.

It's better if u jumper them as master or slave.

Try and enter the heads/cylinders info etc in manually, in the BIOS for the hdd/s.

The info you need is on the sticker, on top of the hdd's.