what hardware do I need for SATA drives ?

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Hi

i am interested in purchasing four SATA hard drives (such as Western
Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive) to put in one XP Pro system.

My computer is pretty old (athalon thunderbird 1.4, BIOSTAR M7VIB
motherboard
from 2001, has a ATA100 card in it) and I'm sure I would need to add
some controller cards, upgrade the power supply, etc.

Can anyone tell me what hardware I would need, including power supply,
for a system with 4 hard drives and a CD-RW ?

I'm sure I'd need
* PCI SATA controller card or cards for 4 hard drives
* Power supply that can support 4 hard drives, motherboard with 1 GB
GAM, and CD-RW, dual head video card, coupla sound cards (1 game, 1
pro)

Thanks a lot
 
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Mad Scientist Jr wrote:

> Hi
>
> i am interested in purchasing four SATA hard drives (such as Western
> Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive) to put in one XP Pro system.
>
> My computer is pretty old (athalon thunderbird 1.4, BIOSTAR M7VIB
> motherboard
> from 2001, has a ATA100 card in it) and I'm sure I would need to add
> some controller cards, upgrade the power supply, etc.
>
> Can anyone tell me what hardware I would need, including power supply,
> for a system with 4 hard drives and a CD-RW ?
>
> I'm sure I'd need
> * PCI SATA controller card or cards for 4 hard drives
> * Power supply that can support 4 hard drives, motherboard with 1 GB
> GAM, and CD-RW, dual head video card, coupla sound cards (1 game, 1
> pro)
>
> Thanks a lot

You may be better off waiting a bit until you can get a new MB based
on Intel's new ICH6 Southbridge, since that has native support for
4 SATAs and TCQ for SATA (and some other stuff).
--
Cheers, Bob
 
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On 22 Jun 2004 16:55:47 -0700, usenet_daughter@yahoo.com (Mad Scientist Jr)
wrote:

~Hi
~
~i am interested in purchasing four SATA hard drives (such as Western
~Digital 250GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive) to put in one XP Pro system.
~
~My computer is pretty old (athalon thunderbird 1.4, BIOSTAR M7VIB
~motherboard
~ from 2001, has a ATA100 card in it) and I'm sure I would need to add
~some controller cards, upgrade the power supply, etc.
~
~Can anyone tell me what hardware I would need, including power supply,
~for a system with 4 hard drives and a CD-RW ?
~
~I'm sure I'd need
~* PCI SATA controller card or cards for 4 hard drives
~* Power supply that can support 4 hard drives, motherboard with 1 GB
~GAM, and CD-RW, dual head video card, coupla sound cards (1 game, 1
~pro)
~
~Thanks a lot

I have two systems with multiple hard drives but have not made the change over
to SATA. The power supply is important as is a good quality UPS. When I
upgraded one system I upgraded the power supply to a 400W unit I bought from a
local vendor. I am trying to find the brand name without opening the case.
Heat buildup inside the case should be a concern. Four hard drives adds a fair
amount of heat so you may need an additional exhaust fan. Make sure you get one
of the whisper style fans. You will need an S-ATA controller that can support
four drives and an an S-ATA drive cable for each drive. Both Promise and SIIG
sell such cards. I have had good results with both Promise and SIIG but neither
company responded to my email inquiry regarding issues I had with multiple CDROM
drives connected to an UATA card so if you have technical problems you're
probably on your own. On the other hand I was trying something unusual and had
no such issues when I was using disk drives and a more conventional number of
CDROM drives.

With four hard drives, even the comparitivly quiet Seagate drives; a beefed up
power supply and an additional cooling fan you could have a system that
generates enough noise to make your ears ring after a few hours of usage.
Research the power supply carefully and choose wisely.

One option is a power supply from http://www.pcpowercooling.com/home.htm but my
local vendor did not think they were all that great. Another option is
http://www.whispertec.com/psu.html which is well vented and has what looks to be
a larger fan than conventional supplies which means it can displace the same
volume of air at a lower velocity. This means it should make less noise and
might be more efficient at removing heat. Whispertec is UK based and I cannot
make any assessment of quality or suitability. Anyone here ever heard of them?
Enermax makes a similar unit.

Here's a review of power supplies
http://www.short-media.com/review.php?r=233&p=1

Some more observations. A good powersupply will weigh more because it uses a
heavier transformer. You need a good transformer to make clean DC power.
http://stores.yahoo.com/directron/psu.html

Even More http://www.jeffchan.com/pc/quietp4.html

Keep us posted here. I want to do the same thing and I'm interested in how a
legacy P3 or older P4 system performs with such a configuration.
 

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