I want to run more optical disk drives in my existing system. Since running ODD’s on add-in controller cards seems to be problematic, I’m thinking about going another route: Connecting 4 ODD’s to the motherbord IDE controller and adding a PCI bus IDE controller card to run all of my hard drives off of.
My system’s built on a dual Athlon motherboard (MSI K7D Master L) which has two 64-bit/66MHz PCI slots, so I’m leaning towards using an ACARD AEC-6897, even though I won’t be running RAID, because it’s the only reasonably priced controller I’ve found so far with a 64-bit PCI interface.
What do you think about this idea? Does it make sense? Any of you folks done something like this before? Is there a different controller you’d recommend? Do you know of any problems I should watch out for?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Your input will be most appreciated.