recently I bought an external HDD with eSata connection. My motherboard has a built-in Promise PDC 20579 controller which supports hotplugging (I have already a Sata HDD attached externally ). The task is to additionally connect this drive to my computer (I have the needed adapters and cables), but there are some restrictions which require some reorganization.
At the moment, I have this controller/drive combination:
VIA Sata 1: WD HDD (System drive)
VIA Sata 2: empty
VIA Pata 1 Master: Samsung HDD (second system drive in CS configuration)
VIA Pata 1 Slave: empty
VIA Pata 2 Master: LG GSA-4163B
VIA Pata 2 Slave: Benq DW 1650
Promise IDE Master: LG GH22LP20
Promise IDE Slave: empty
Promise Sata 1: external HDD
Promise Sata 2: TSST SH-S203B
Using the VIA Sata for the external HDD is out of discussion due to its limited compatibility, so I need to free up the second Sata port of the Promise controller. This would mean, I need to reconfigure my ODD setup.
Another restriction is valid for the GH22LP: That beast doesn't work properly with the Via controller, so it has to be installed at the Promise (or needs to be retired).
Parts I have lying around: A SiI 3512 PCI Sata Controller card (non-Raid Bios) and a Pioneer DVR-112D@L which had previously been installed in an external enclosure whose PSU died
Options I am thinking of:
- Simply installing the SiI controller and connect the 203B there.
- Retiring the 203B and connecting the Pioneer as slave to the GH22LP (or Pioneer as master and LG as slave)
Other ideas or suggestions?