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Can I have More than 2 Hard drives on old computer





Possum
Hi

I have an old Celeron XP computer. I want to make it a files sever. It has space for 2 hard drives.

Is there a way for me to add two more hard drives..

thank you.
Diablosblizz
So in total four? Possibly, if your mobo supports it and if you have enough cables. The OS itself won't care.
Pepperfan
There is a good chance you can add one more.

Your Hard drives are likely on the first IDE Cable. On your second ide cable is your cd-rom. You can add another to the cable that has the cd drive on it. If there is not a second connector you you can pick up a cable that supports 2 drives at most better computer stores. Just make the new hard drive the master and the CD rom the slave,

If you want even more space and have USB 2 just pick up an external USB2 drive. If you do not have USB 2 it is trivial to add a usb 2 card.

Charles
ocalhoun
Space inside the case is an issue, right?
As long as you don't move it much, you can just lay them anywhere inside; they don't have to be mounted. Also, you can mount them in a 5.25" (CDROM) bay by screwing them onto only one side.
If the case is simply too small for any configuration, get external USB hard drive enclosures, which you can add over a hundred of to one system.
badai
most probably your mobo would have 2 IDE connector, which allow for 4 HD.

if you have free PCI slot, you can buy IDE PCI card which will allow another 4 HD, or you can buy SATA PCI card to use with SATA HD.

or just use external USB HD

or buy a firewire card to use external firewire HD

you should also check if your OS can support large HD. if not, you need to partition it first.
Jaan
yea just get an external case
Possum
Hi

Thx fro your advice everyone..

I added the hard drive to the CD IDE and it worked perfectly
abdulqadirabid
you can add up extra switch to your two ide cables to add two more hard drive as a slave ..also you can connect external by usb
Possum
thx


that sounds interesting as I have a spare hard drive
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