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Can I have more than 2 IDE channels, and therefore increase the number of IDE devices above 4? If yes, how?

Also, any known way to force a particular device to use a particular IRQ? At the moment, I have 6 devices (including my pro soundcard, EMU0404, I'm a musician) using IRQ11, while all the other IRQs have 1 device each. I would like to put the sound card onto its own IRQ, so as to optimise its performance.

My system: W2K+SP4, MSI 6378 MoBo, Award Modular Bios v6.00, Athlon XP2000+, 800M ram, 2 x HDs (40 & 160G).

Cheers all
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All modern MB have 4 IDE Channels you should have 2 cables both of which can have 2 ide devices. You dont say if the sound card is onboard or not. If its in a PCI slot you can normally force it to an irq in the bios.

With modern boards and O/S you can have multipe decices on an IRA with no problems
madswitcher
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Registered: 01-08-2007

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Yep, you can buy an add-in PCI card with 2 extra channels on it - I thibk a company called SiS or Promise make them.

Cheers, Mike
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As I want more than 4 IDE channels, 6 actually, I'll have to adopt Mike's solution.

The sound card is a PCI with ASIO drivers. From a "making music with comp" point of view, is best if it can have its own IRQ.

Thanks all.
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Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

IDE Channels

Instead of IDE why not go Serial ATA. You can buy a SATA controller card just like you can for IDE and fit 2 or 4 SATA dives to it. You will need power cable adapters (the SATA drives have a different power connector) but cabling is much simpler.
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Yup aggree S-ATA is the answer to this
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So if I go serial, what do I do with my parallel devices (2 x HDs, 1 x DVD-Rom, 1 x DVD-Ram), cos according to www.serialata.org "ATA will not be able to directly interface with legacy Ultra ATA hardware"?
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"ATA will not be able to directly interface with legacy Ultra ATA hardware"?


That statement is correct.

You keep the existing 4 devices on the MB 2xIDE channels. (You can actually buy SATA to IDE adapters, so you could convert these at a cost, but why bother?)

If you are buying new devices, you buy SATA HDDs and an SATA controller. SATA cards come with 1 or 2 (or more) SATA ports and maybe additional IDE channels. Oh... and don't forget if you are ordering SATA hard drives... order the SATA data cables AND power adapters.

Example: Adaptec SATAConnect 1205SA is a 2 port SATA device.

Ebuyer seems to have some v.cheap adapters... can't comment on whether they will be good/bad.