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Two drives

Discussion in 'Peripheral Hardware' started by Boxmaker, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. Boxmaker

    Boxmaker New Member

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    I am new to Open Source. To prove it, I am confused about hard drives. I see so many references to multiple hard drives, but manufacturers websites only speak of external hard drives as either storage or back-up devices. All the Open Source information I have read makes me think that an external hard drive in a USB can have a bootable OS on it. Can someone enlighten me?
     
  2. graudeejs

    graudeejs Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you can boot from external HDD, IF your bios supports booting from usb.
    Same applies to Flash (unless it's U3 flash, which didn't work for me)
     
  3. fbsd1

    fbsd1 New Member

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    Desktop PC can have multiple hard drives cabled to the motherboard. 4 max if not having cd/dvd drive.
     
  4. trev

    trev New Member

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    Most motherboards that I've looked at recently allow from 4 to 8 internal SATA drives plus 2 IDE internal drives, whether they be hard disk or optical drives. Not sure whence you got your limit of just 4.
     
  5. Beastie

    Beastie Active Member

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    ^ "recently" is your keyword here.
    Back in the days of the (P)ATA ( sounds epic :) ), computers usually only had two controllers/cables for optical/hard disks, with a master and a slave for each, i.e. 4 disks.
     
  6. graudeejs

    graudeejs Well-Known Member

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    he he he, I can stick (in my new server [which is desktop pc]):
    6x SATA300 HDD's
    2x SATA600 HDD's
    2x IDE HDD's

    10x USB HDD's
    2x ESATA HDD's

    I think that's all (but I might be missing some)
    So totally I can stick: 22 HDD's

    :D