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Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 3:48 am:   

I have 2 small hard drives installed on my PC, however I have acquired another HD & as the volumes are all relatively small, I would like to add a third hard drive as opposed to replace 1 of the older ones (All are IDE). Is it possible to piggyback another hard drive or even connect it as a secondary slave drive? What equipment will I need? Any help would be appreciated.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 8:34 am:   

It is possible - unless you have a couple of devices on the other IDE channel. Each IDE channel is capable of handling 2 devices - (HD, CD-Rom, DVD, etc) If your first two HD are on the primary IDE cable - put the 3rd on the secondary. Just make sure you set the jumpers correctly.

If your IDE cables are full, and expansion card might be in order. See my post at :

This would allow 2 more IDE channels.

Good luck.
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2002 - 6:10 am:   

what about adding a new hd not on ide,but to usb??

i would like to have it as removable,
to change it without rebooting, just like a jazz or zip.

it is possible?
any size limitation?
any peripheal is able to do this??
Posted on Friday, May 17, 2002 - 4:32 am:   

yes there external hard drives have been around for ages.... in past mostly used by people in arts - but now more mainstream - you can even buy an external cd case for a regular hard drive or CD to convert it into an external - make sure you check out the specs first
can also purchase one ready made
checkout maxtor 3000 LE

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