I want to connect 12 (PATA) DVD-RW drives to an old computer (linux). At the moment I fitted them in an external enclosure (with two power supplies). The linux computer has to build unique cd-images and burn them to the drives. Each cd will be unique.
I can try to connect everything through an ide-cable, but I don’t think they will be long enough. So I was looking for a solution over USB2/Firewire800.
I found a bridge board Firewire800 to 4x PATA. Probably I will use this as an solution to connect evereything to the computer.[ul]
[li]Is there somebody who has experience with this kind of boards?
[/li][li]Does firewire has enough bandwidth for 12 DVD-burners (18X)?
[/li][li]Has the PCI-interface enough bandwidth to transfer the data to the 12 burners?
[/li][li]What should the speed of the HDD-drive be to generate the images from flat files and burn them?
[/li][*]Can I expect to find other hardware issues?[/ul]I searched the internet and lots of fora. I hope there are some people on this forum with more experience in this area.