Originally posted by ImUseless
> "setting the RAID and SATA issue aside"
What are these issues? What should I know in order to do this the right way?
> Most of us put the HDDs on the "SAME" cable with
the faster drive as primary and the slower as secondary.
I was planning to do this.
> I havent used cable select for both drives but I know
> that also works but both HDDs would still be on the "same"
What's "cable select" ?
> Of course the cable would be plugged into the "Primary IDE"
> connector on your motherboard.
Yes, I think I only have one of these.
> I havent heard of anything other than a performance hit when
> putting 2 HDDs on the same cable when the slower
> drive was primary.
What's "a performance hit" ?
> There have been issues when putting CD or DVD drives on
> the same cable as a primary HDD (read/write errors from CD
> or DVD drive) but this wont always occur but can. I do think
> having the CD or DVD drives on the same cable can affect HDD
> performance. Again, most people put the CD/DVD drives on
> the "Secondary" IDE connector.
I looked inside my computer and even though the ribbon cables are tightly packed and bundled, I see that the ribbon cable <that links my CD writer and my CDROM> plugs into a connector next to the one where the HDD ribbon cable connects. So it seems that the way things are now, with my two ribbon cables, is fine: the two CD drives are <I suppose> in the "Secondary" IDE connector slot.
> In terms of your motherboard BIOS, sounds like you need a
> controller card to bypass your outdated BIOS and it's
> limitations. But....................................
Phoenix (BIOS software company owning my Award BIOS) would charge me $60 to upgrade the BIOS-- with this sort of old computer, I don't know if I want to spend that money for a BIOS upgrade. The Phoenix guy is the one who says my current BIOS (from Feb. '99) won't support a HDD larger than 32 GB. Turtile says in this thread that I could get a HDD larger than 32 GB and make each partition less than 32 GB in size. This is what a guy in a Yahoo computer help group told me too. [Someone told me that one can only have 2 partitions on a HDD, so I suppose I could get, in theory, a 2nd HDD of 62 GB capacity and make two partitions each 31 GB in size. Right?]
> If Im understanding you right, you said there was only "ONE"
IDE connector on your motherboard, if this is the case, I would
find a nice CPU/Mobo combo that will allow you to add larger
HDDs, give you more IDE connectors and even more CPU
But I must have two connectors, not one. The single HDD I have is connected to the "Primary" and my current two CD drives to the "Secondary". So if I get a 2nd HDD, I could connect it to the current HDD's ribbon cable and still have both connected to the "Primary" IDE connector. Right?
> The price of a controller card (pretty cheap) or having to
partition the heck out of a large drive isnt as cost effective
as simply spending a few more bucks on a newer CPU/Mobo
With Google, I looked up this 32 GB limitation. I read at Maxtor, Seagate, Hitachi/IBM, and Samsung that because of the limitation, it's best to buy a PCI ATA controller card. [See this info at http://maxtor.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/m...hp?p_faqid=344
I'll look into the ATA controller card. And I might do the following. The big university in town and the state government also here are having a used computer sale this Sat. 12 March. I know that they'll be selling IBM "barebones" boxes: 300PL Pentium 3/ 500/550/667/800MHz, 128MB-384MB, 10GB-20GB, CD-ROM. They have several but these won't have sound or modem cards. Maybe I could take out my computer's smaller HDD and put in in the IBM and then install Linux SUSE on the larger HDD. [My old, smaller Seagate would still have Win98 First Edition as the OS.]
Thanks for what all of you have told me. Tell me now what you think about what I've posted here.
I'd really like to know if, without getting an upgrade for my BIOS, I can indeed get a 2nd HDD bigger than 32 GB (say 60 GB) and then make 2 partitions on it: one 31 GB and the other say 29 GB.