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One Cable To Connect TWO SATA's??

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I was wondering if anyone knows of a cable to connect two SATA drives to one motherboard ATA port. I have two 36gb hard drives, but am going to have a new 74gb one here in about a week. I would like to use all three, but wasn't sure if there was a cable out that would let me hook up both of the 36's to the same port on the motherboard. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

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post #2 of 19
nope, sorry thats not posible...u cant put sata drives on IDE
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Im absolutely positive ive seen a multi-head SATA cable.... but wasnt SATA's design suppose to be like, you connect one line to the motherboard, then one to a drive, then from that same drive, u connect to a 2nd drive and from that 2nd, u connect to a third and so on and so on... hence the name, serial ATA... but i havent seen a hard drive with that feature yet...

I checked newegg and they dont have it but i could have sworn ive seen one somewhere.
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Originally Posted by adas123
nope, sorry thats not posible...u cant put sata drives on IDE
lol oh i totally missed that... im sure he meant to an SATA port....
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In the docs on my Abit AI7 it shows the different drive configs I can have based on the BIOS settings and it does not show an option for setting up multiple SATA drives on a single port as we would with a traditional ATA.
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post #6 of 19
High speed serial protocols such as SATA tend to be point to point connections only. Having two drives hanging off of one port causes poor signal quality at 1.5Gbit/s so SATA was not designed to support more than one device per port.

If you really are asking about plugging SATA into and ATA/IDE port, I think there are some one drive adapters out there. Only do this if you can't buy a parallel ATA equivalent drive (like you since you seem to be buying Raptors). I would suggest buying an additional PCI SATA controller for $15 over buying one of those ATA to SATA adapters.
    
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post #7 of 19
I thought the whole purpose of SATA was to be able to go from device to device in like a chain configuration... weve all been jipped
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post #8 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Veto1024
I thought the whole purpose of SATA was to be able to go from device to device in like a chain configuration... weve all been jipped
You are referring to setting up a RAID array, if you setup the SATA on raid it will still be one device per port.
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with sata, each drive is meant to run on its own channel, independent of anything else
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Originally Posted by Lostnhell
You are referring to setting up a RAID array, if you setup the SATA on raid it will still be one device per port.
no no no, before SATA came out they were talken about how it was going to be capable of going drive to drive in a single chain linked cable setup
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