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Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 5:52 pm:   

I am interested in adding 2 more IDE channels to my PC. What is the best way to go about doing this? I want to put my CD-RW, Hard drive and CD-Rom on seperate channels. I have heard that this can increase performance, but have never personally seen a machine with this setup.

I have seen expansion cards that will enable this, but does anybody have a recommendation for a particular card, or brand?

Mobo: ASUS A7M266
Memory: 512 MB DDR 2100
1 - CD-RW
1 - 48X CD-ROM
1 - 40 Gig WD 7200 RPM HD
Sound Blaster Live
Elsa Gladiac MX200 (geforce2) 32mb
3Com Etherlink XL PCI TPO Nic (3C900-TPO)
Generic 56K Modem

I can't tell from the mobo documentation - will this board support this feature?

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2002 - 8:04 pm:   

Promise makes a good ATA100 and 133 controller card. The ATA100 is available in a raid as well.
Posted on Saturday, March 16, 2002 - 2:13 pm:   

As E.S. indicated, Promise would be your way to go. Additionally, good idea to have CD and CD-RW on separate IDE channels, especially if you copy CDs. The Promise IDE pci controller card will provide an additional 4 IDE channels giving you a total of 8. Match ATA to your HD(s).
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2002 - 5:48 pm:   

I have a dell optiplex gx1, 350 penII. on start up I receive a warning: "Dell's Disk Monitoring System has detected that drive 0 on the primary EIDE controller is operating outside of normal specifications. It is advisable to immediately back up your data and replace your harddisk drive."

"Strike F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility."

My computer works on striking the F1 key. I checked the system resources in control panel and it tells me I am using 57% of system.

Must I replace the hard drive?? Thank you for any help you may provide!!
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2002 - 2:51 am:   

Billotoole you should have started a new thread for this as the one your using is a bit out of date.

Anyway I would get and read about using a third party disk check utility from Maxtor or Ibm.

System resources should have nothing to do with a failing hard drive, and 57% isn't bad if the computer has been on (and used) for awhile.
Laurence T. Widgins
Posted on Sunday, March 9, 2003 - 3:37 pm:   

Is it possible to use raid ports (IDE & SATA) as regular IDE ports to add additional ide devices.
I have a new ASUS P4PE motherboard that supports SATA and IDE RAID. I do not want or need to use the RAID function. When I attach drives to these extra ports they dont show up in FDISK, SETUP, MY Computer or in DEVICE MANAGER. The BIOS shows only one option referring to RAID. Enable or Disable. Neither option solves my problem. My primary question then is: Is it possible to use RAID ports as regular IDE/SATA ports. ASUS never answers my queries. Thank you. Laurence T. Widgins
Posted on Friday, March 14, 2003 - 6:20 am:   

Laurence T. Widgins
You may need to install drivers, possibly from CD that came with mainboard or from manufactures web site.

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