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#1 Questi4110

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 12:29 AM

In project 411GB, he puts 3 external hard drives through a 4P3T switch with splits into 3 wires for the 3 hard drives. However, is there a way to split into 4? If so, what kind of rotary switch would i need for that?


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#2 omen808

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 12:36 AM

not quite sure but that would be a sight to see...

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Posted 30 June 2003 - 12:43 AM

i personally dont think that there would be a need for 4, it'd be a difficult time filling the entire 3 hard drives from 411

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 03:41 AM

yes i guess you are right, but in the past 10 months, i have filled an 80-gig hard drive. Please post if you can add 4 hard drives.


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Posted 01 July 2003 - 03:49 AM

why not ask this when you fill up the other 2.
yse, it is possible, but you will need a different switch for the power and a custom ide cable.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 03:53 AM

by custom, what do you mean, do you mean that i can find it in stores or what? And by any chance do you know the name of the switch since the other one was 4P3T?


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Posted 01 July 2003 - 03:58 AM

well, you can use that switch along with another dpdt switch, to cut the power to the 4th hdd.
By custom I mean that you will need an ide cable that has enough connectors.
But make sure that the ide cable is not too long, I don't remember the limit right now, but it's not too long.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 03:58 AM

Most likely you wont be able to find them in stores I couldnt anyways. If you find someone that has a crimper for the ide cables your in luck maybe a local computer outlet or something simulair. Just incase you dont know if you do find the cable you can only have 2 devices powered on at one time. Ide cables only usually come with 2 male connections you will need to put more male connections on with this crimper tool. Just incase you dont know you can only have 2 devices powered on at one time so you will need to have switches on all of you devices or something simulair. Hope this helps.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 01:32 PM

Ok, so you filled an 80 gig in 10 months. So it would take you another 2 years to fill two more 120gig drives. Why worry about the hassle of 4 drives then? A new console will be on the horizen then. Plus you will have a ton of games that you dont use and could delete.

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Posted 01 July 2003 - 01:34 PM

QUOTE (incaseshit @ Jun 30 2003, 02:43 AM)
i personally dont think that there would be a need for 4, it'd be a difficult time filling the entire 3 hard drives from 411

lol, if i had 400+ gb it wouldnt take that long to fill, i would be putting games, movies, everything on it left and right. case now i dont do that cause im worried about running out of space to quick.

anyways that would be awsome man!! i was thinking about doing the same but its pretty expensive, lol




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