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:?: Looking for some help here.

Is it possible to have 3 hard drives on a personal computer? If so, how would I go about putting in a 3rd one?

Thanks for any help.

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Yes, but with mini and midi towers it is practically impossible because of the lack of space.

If you are talking about IDE drives, almost every PC has 2 IDE channels, and each channel hosts 2 drives. With SATA, you'll need at least 3 SATA channels to have 3 drivers. Some PCs have only 2 SATA jacks.


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Wrong forum.

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Yes, but with mini and midi towers it is practically impossible because of the lack of space.

If you are talking about IDE drives, almost every PC has 2 IDE channels, and each channel hosts 2 drives. With SATA, you'll need at least 3 SATA channels to have 3 drivers. Some PCs have only 2 SATA jacks.


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Wrong forum.

My apologies. I'm new here. ;)

All I know is that in my computer, I have 2 hard drives already installed, and 2 CD drives. Both ribbon cables only allow 2 devices. I have the space for another hard drive (IDE), but how would I install it if there are no more slots for a ribbon cable?

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My apologies. I'm new here. ;)

No problem- I've moved this to the correct forum. :)

All I know is that in my computer, I have 2 hard drives already installed, and 2 CD drives. Both ribbon cables only allow 2 devices. I have the space for another hard drive (IDE), but how would I install it if there are no more slots for a ribbon cable?

If you have the physical space to mount another drive, but both IDE channels/cables already have 2 drives on them, you will need to install an [search]Ultra ATA controller card[/search]. These are PCI add-on cards which (usually) have 2 IDE channels of their own, allowing you to connect up to 8 IDE/ATA devices total. Of course, an external Firewire or USB drive is also an option.

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One thing: it is common problem with on-board IDE controllers to be in conflict with add-on IDE controllers. I suggest that you road-test the PCI card before you purchase it. Just to see if both can run at the same time.

I have one UDMA 66 PCI card, and if I wanted to use it, I have to disable on-board IDE controller, which makes it redundant.

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