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Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 11:51 am:   

I am trying to upgrade my system to have a primary and slave drive. I have room in by computer to do this but I need to know if it is possible to get some 'splitters' for both the power and data cables that fit into the back of every harddrive. I dont have any spare IDE port (Does that make sense? the data cable socket on the motherboard ) nor do I have a spare power cable free! Is there a work around??????? Appreciate any assistance.
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Monday, February 24, 2003 - 9:09 pm:   

Depending on the rating of your power supply, you should be able to use a splitter to power the second harddrive. How many watts is it rated for ?

As far as the IDE, most cables and the controllers that they plug into on the mobo can handle up to two devices each.
Normally there are 2 IDE controllers on a motherboard - for a total of 4 IDE devices.

You didn't specify what kind of motherboard you have, but if it really only has 1 IDE controller, your best bet is probably an add-in controller card that will give you the 2 channels (4 devices). There are other (more expensive) options, but I think this is the easiest.
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 4:12 am:   

Cheers matt, Im at work at the moment so I cant answer the power wattage question at the moment. My motherboard has two IDE controllers, one of which takes in both a CD/Dvd rom drive and a CD-RW, the other just takes in a single harddrive. I'll let you know what make of motherboard and the wattage later! Thanks for your help
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2003 - 6:35 pm:   

For the second Harddrive matter......

If the secondary IDE controller can handle 2 devices, I would bet that the primary can as well.

Get another IDE cable (with 3 plugs - one to the mobo, and the other 2 for the 2 HD's.) You can probably pick one up cheap at most any electronics/computer store.
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2003 - 5:30 am:   

The power supply is 230v, I am not sure about the motherboard make and model as its a package PC that didnt come with any manuals.....

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