Advice with drive update

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Joined: Jan 29 2002

I am at the stage now where I have to increase the size of my video drive which is at present a 120Gb . My present layout is: 40Gb partioned , (15Gb programs, data 23Gb)
80Gb Mpeg drive
120Gb video drive 1
Sony DRU500a RW
I have a 300Gb drive which I would like to make as Video drive 2.
Can anyone tell me what would be needed to accomodate the additional drive as I have no spare slots left.
John R.

Joined: Feb 15 2006

Hi John
I presume these are IDE drives and you want to keep them all in there and just add to? If so, the only option i can think of is for a PCI expansion card, something like:

Ideally you should be looking at external firewire drives that you can swap/daisychain.. But if you've already got the hardware...

Alan Craven
Joined: Jan 26 2001

Another alternative is to use caddies for the video drives. This provides endless scope for expansion, plus being still EIDE you can capture or export without problem.

Joined: Jan 29 2002

Hi Guys,
thanks for your suggestions, it will give me somewhere to start looking.

Joined: Mar 10 2006


If adding a fourth drive you're increasing the load on the PSU.
If you want to keep the drive internal (best option for speed) and have a PSU rated between 250 and 350W I'd consider an upgrade to a high quality 420W+ variant from someone like Tagan.

Also even if the drive fits inside the case will the additional temperature load of a fast-spinning high-density 300Gb drive push the system over the edge when you're editing in summer?
It may sound silly right now but also consider a case upgrade if you're short or running out of space.

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