so it is a raid design... most likely the data is spread across the drives as well... 2 bits to each drive per byte of storage... each byte is divided into multiple parts so that the drives will function at the highest speed possible... 4xthe IDE Speed.... four 133MB drive could theoretically hit 532MB/sec transfer speed... which is above the firewire connection speed... so at max would be 400MB.... or 480MB for USB2.0.... plus then you have to figure in the parity and transfer calls.... that would kill another 30% of the speed.... but still much faster than a standard ATA-133 connection could handle...
so unless the controller board outputted to IDE somewhere before the Firewire you might be able to rig a connection.... but I wouldn't count on it... Build a swap bay and just swap them out.
yeah your best bet is a swap bay... and buying 4 - 250GB drives... www.pricewatch.com has them listed pretty cheap...
Last edited by zabolyx; 06-20-2005 at 08:04 PM.
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