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4 Hdd's into 1?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dave.23, Oct 5, 2008.

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  1. dave.23

    dave.23 Thread Starter

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    Hi I've got 4 laptop IDE hdd's and was wondering if i could connect them all together to make 1 big hdd for storage?

    Dave
     
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

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    You'd probably be looking for something like this only with IDE compatability I'm guessing.


    Of course if you could somehow get them all hooked up and running on one system you could use windows to span them all into one large drive without any specific enclosure or RAID.
     
  3. crjdriver

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    Yes, you can do it however I do NOT recommend doing so. You have two options for doing this task.
    1 Span the drives as dynamic disks
    2 Connect them to a raid controller and span as a jbod.

    In either case, you are really opening yourself up to a disk failure and loss of data. With the price of modern hard disks sooo cheap, it makes little sense to me to attempt this task.
     
  4. dave.23

    dave.23 Thread Starter

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    Yes i know i don't really need the extra storage but have them lying around so just wondered if i could do it, as the resale value isn't worth the hassle.

    Thanks anyway guys

    Dave
     
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