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Hello
I need help setting up 6 HD'S on my board.

I can only get 4 at a time 4 atas or 2 atas and 2 satas.

When all six are connected XP only sees the 4 atas,

i have tried everything.

NB the SATAS are not formatted yet.

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I would buy an IDE PCI controller card (to run the IDE drives) / a big advantage because that card will have its own bios so it will lighten the load on the IDE controller / they are cheap ($35.00 to $40.00) at newegg.com and will make configuring your set-up alot easier ? i stronly suggest you purchase the one made by PROMISE

I hope you have a good quality PSU with atleast 500 watts if you are running a P4 system or equilivant AMD with a video card that requires the psu power plug?? that set-up is really going to tax the snot out of any generic psu. I strongly advise you monitor your system temps and add some case fans (at least 2 @ 120 mm fans or 4 80mm case fans / that many drives are gonna make some heat <<<< you dont want to smell "What the Rock is Cookin !!!"

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iamkingkong said:
I can only get 4 at a time 4 atas or 2 atas and 2 satas.

When all six are connected XP only sees the 4 atas,

NB the SATAS are not formatted yet.
OK,
This is the part of the question I'm confused about.
iamkingkong said:
I can only get 4 at a time 4 atas or 2 atas and 2 satas.
What does Windows see when you have 2 SATA and 2 PATA drives connected.


iamkingkong said:
When all six are connected XP only sees the 4 atas,

NB the SATAS are not formatted yet.
Now if the SATA drives are not partitioned, the drives will not show up in My Computer. You will need to go into Disk Management. to partition and format the drives.

The BIOS in some motherboards need to be configured to let you run all SATA and IDE channels. They can be set up in "Combined Mode" where you can only run one IDE channel and SATA or as "Enhanced Mode" which enables both PATA and SATA connections.
 
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