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Configuring 3 drives to the same 40pin IDE ribbon

Posted on 1998-06-24
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I have 3 drives attached to a 40 pin ribbon. A 2.1G Segate
(as master), a 428M (as a slave), and a Tayaka (CD-812)
CD-ROM(APATI compliant). I need to find out how I can
configure this CD into my present system.  Any Ideas.

metdesigns@theglobe.com
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You can't do this.  An IDE interface can only support two drives on a cable.  One is the slave and the other is the master.  If you need to have 3 or 4 drives, you must either use the second IDE controller on your motherboard (if available, and most Pentium and later MBs have 2 IDE channels) or buy an IDE controller expansion card (these are pretty inexpensive) and configure it for the second IDE channel and plug it into your expansion bus.
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You can't do this.  An IDE interface can only support two drives on a cable.  One is the slave and the other is the master.  If
       you need to have 3 or 4 drives, you must either use the second IDE controller on your motherboard (if available, and most
       Pentium and later MBs have 2 IDE channels) or buy an IDE controller expansion card (these are pretty inexpensive) and
       configure it for the second IDE channel and plug it into your expansion bus.
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by:jhance
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Here is some additional information about the IDE interface:

http://www.seagate.com/support/tape/tapeinfo/idefaq.shtml#10
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I would like to thank Jhance for the additional info.  Very helpful and I learned alot.
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