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can I add a 2nd hard drive to a laptop, technical question

Discussion in 'Laptops' started by Keith D, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. Keith D

    Keith D Guest

    I noticed my laptop has room physically for another hard drive and I'm
    wondering if I could add a second one. It's a 2.5" ide and I could
    make a cable small enough to fit and add a second one. It's just like
    a normal ide cable except smaller and the power is through the ide
    rather than a seperate power feed. Is the # of ide devices limited by
    the motherboard?

    Keith D, Aug 18, 2003
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  2. Chances are pretty good that you can add a second harddrive without
    problems. All non-ancient laptops I know of have both a primary and
    a secondary IDE channel, as desktops usually have, and normally the
    harddrive is connected as primary master, while an additioal DVD/CD-ROM
    often is secondary master (or slave, as in my Gateway Solo 9300).
    So IDE-wise you probably could even add two more devices. :)

    Best you check the hardware manager, by connection, and just look
    where your IDE devices are connected and how many IDE channels are

    Martin Ramsch, Aug 18, 2003
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