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Old 09-26-2006, 10:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hopefully this hasn't been covered, but I find it hard to believe it hasn't been. Couldn't find anything in a search, though.

I'm getting ready to build a new PC with a 64 bit processor. I'm pretty sure I have my MoBo and processor figured out, and now I'm onto drives.

Questions is...is SATA chainable like IDE? IIRC, IDE is chainable up to 7 devices per channel. What about SATA? Anyone know the max per channel?

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You can have 2 IDE devices per channel.

You can only have 1 SATA device per channel, but your mobo should have enough ports to connect at least 4 drives.

With SCSI you can have long chains of devices.
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Oh riiiiiiiiight, it was SCSI that was 7 devices. Gotcha. 1 per channel, meh. But I suppose if there is 4 channels, then that's not TOO bad.

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You could always buy a SATA controller card if you need more devices.
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Questions is...is SATA chainable like IDE? IIRC, IDE is chainable up to 7 devices per channel. What about SATA? Anyone know the max per channel?
nope just one per port as it is a serial interface as opposed to parralel interfaces where multiple devices can be connected. SCSI allows up to 14 devices per channel i believe except for SAS which is naturally one per channel being based on SATA
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