Re: Question about bays and the number of devices that can be added
Your motherboard and the chipset on it are the limiting factor on how many storage devices can be installed on it, subject of course to some physical place to sit them (in a case, hopefully).
If the motherboard was designed after about 2002, then it has a SATA interface, and some number of SATA connectors. These are about 3/4 of an inch long, and "L" shaped. The number of SATA connectors is the limit on how many SATA devices you can connect -- once device per connector.
Until recent times most motherboards also had a IDE controller and interface -- usually a single connector. This is a 40-pin "ribbon" cable connector, with a notch in the middle of one side. The IDE interface can support two devices, commonly referred as "master" and "slave". So if you have an IDE connector, you can have two IDE devices on the IDE ribbon cable (which needs two connectors installed on it, of course).
Hope that helps.
Last edited by dabl; June 27th, 2011 at 09:58 PM.
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