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Adding Hard Drives

Is it possible to add a second hard drive controller (ISA) to allow for 8 drives?

How would I do this?  When I add the second card it seems to take charge and the onboard controller is off??

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ExtremeFitness
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CallandorCommented:
You're still using a machine with ISA slots?  Is there any reason you have not upgraded to a more recent vintage with at least PCI slots?  The potential cpu increase must be at least 10x, and it would support a modern OS as well.
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ExtremeFitnessAuthor Commented:
ya it is actually PCI...
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ExtremeFitnessAuthor Commented:
OS is Windows 2000 Server
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drewsundinCommented:
There are many PCI cards that will allow the addition of extra hard drives.   Try searching your favorite hardware vendor for PCI IDE Controller
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ExtremeFitnessAuthor Commented:
Ya I did that.. as i said the on board conroller shuts dows so I still only get 4 drives...
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CallandorCommented:
What you need is a PCI IDE controller without a BIOS so that it does not try to boot from it: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=16-102-027&depa=1
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shaharidzalCommented:
Yes you can add addtional PCI card for HDD but I recommend that you add the SATA card instead of IDE.
The secondary card (ROM message) will appear after BIOS initial POST.
The HDD that is connected to the PCI card would not appear in the motherboard BIOS. You have to wait for the PCI card ROM message before you can enter the configuration mode.
The message depends on the type of card that you install. Please check with manual.
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ExtremeFitnessAuthor Commented:
Hmmm  A SATA controller isnt going to work to well with my ide drives... :)

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garycaseCommented:
The card Callandor linked to (Promise TX2) will work fine.   I've got several of these, and have used two in the same machine with a total of 10 disk drives (not currently doing that, but it does work).   That card also supports 48-bit LBA addressing, so you'll be able to use any size hard drive without being concerned about the 137GB limitation of 28-bit LBA addressing.   Note that if you do want to use drives above that threshold you must be using at least Service Pack 2 with 2000 Server.

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