Please recommend the best solution.


Diamond Member
Oct 9, 1999
Please recommend the best solution.

I just bought a new board that has:

4 Serial ATA slots

4 Conventional PCI Slots

but only 1 Parallel ATA IDE interface with UDMA 33, ATA-66/100 support

Since I have to buy components piece-meal I want to migrate my
current 4 PATA devices (2 HDDs & 2 optical drives) to the new mobo.

So I guess my only option is to get a controller card (If so which one; I don't plan on using RAID) for at least two of the devices since the board can only handle 2 PATA items.
I was advised that controller cards are usually only for HDDs
and not optical drives.

What is a good controller card for this situation and
How should I configure/arrange the 4 items.

If I boot from a HDD can it be a drive on the controller card
or does it have to be on the actual board?

Should I not even think about putting the two optical drives
on the same channel even if I don't burn from 1 drive to the other?

Thanks for any help.....



Elite Member
Jun 10, 2001
The cheapest one.
Put the optical drives on the motherboard and the hard drives on the controller card.
I like 1 device per channel though, so I'd probably try splitting them all up.