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im practising for my A+ test......... i have pdf full of questions,.........1 ? bothers me, the qustion goesa user has 2 EIDE hard drives on a PC. On the second EIDE controller, the user has 1 DVD-ROM and a CDRW. The user wants to add another hard drive. How can this be accomplished.A.the user will have to use a cable with 4 plugsB.the mother board only has 2 controllers, he will have to install a addintional controler card.C.the EIDE technolgy has limiations, so the user can not fit any more EIDE drivesD.if the user fits another drive, the system will be slow and unstable.it says the answer is B....i thought it would be C...is that right or wrong?

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nlinecomputers

You can get controller cards to add additional controllers to the system. Promise makes them. C is sorta correct as standard EIDE technology can't handle more devices but the controller card, with drivers, can add the drive.Also note that question is tricky. It states that he wants to add a hard drive. Who says you can't use SCSI or SATA drives? Each would need a new controller and that falls under item B.

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Peachy

B. is the correct answer for all the reasons Nathan mentionned. :wacko:

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Ed_P
Who says you can't use SCSI or SATA drives? Each would need a new controller and that falls under item B.
Or the user could add it as an external USB drive in which case the answer is None of the Above. :wacko: Tests are based on the information studied and without our knowing what you've covered up to this point it's hard to answer the question.However we do know;it's not A, there are only 2 plugs on EIDE cables one for Master and one for Slave, it could be D, adding a hard drive should not make the system unstable but it could based on the system's BIOS limitations and size of the additional drive, and could make the system slower if it's an older model drive with a small cache and slow spin rate, none of which are specified in the question, it's not C, because while it's true EIDE has limitations the user isn't limited to EIDE technology in adding another device, and it could be B, adding another controller is an option, but he doesn't have to, there are other options.As with any test with questions that have multiple possibilities the only solution is to look at your watch. If the hr is an even number then the answer is ..... :huh:

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epp_b

Sheeesh, that's vague.For all intents and purposes, I'd agree that the answer is B. However, what's to say that he wouldn't just buy an external USB/firewire hard drive? Shoot, he could several drives using that method :wacko:

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nlinecomputers

Even a USB external drive falls under b. The USB cage that you place a standard IDE drive into IS a controller. So that is B.The question is intentionally vague. It is a trick question. A tech's job is to think and solve problems not just recite specifications by rote.

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eeps24

thanks guys........hopefully ill pass monday

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epp_b
Even a USB external drive falls under b.  The USB cage that you place a standard IDE drive into IS a controller.  So that is B.
Of course - good point Nathan :(

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genaldar

Where did you get the pdf full of questions? I'd love to get a copy to see how many of em stump me.

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