[K12OSN] How many clients on server with one PATA disk?

David Whitmer thewhitmers at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 17:17:07 UTC 2006

On 12/5/06, Petre Scheie <petre at maltzen.net> wrote:
> How many clients are people supporting with a server with a single PATA (IDE--the kind
> with the wide ribbon cable) drive?  As alluded to yesterday, I'm having trouble getting
> an HP Pavillion with a SATA drive to boot, although install and rescue mode both work
> fine.  One option we're considering is using a PATA disk.  There *used* to be a problem
> with PATA/IDE disks if you had more than 10 clients, but that was some years ago, and in
> the mean time, IDE disks have gotten faster, bigger caches, and I suspect that the spec
> has improved also, such that the 10-client limit may not apply so much any more.  So,
> I'm wondering how many clients people are able to satisfactorily support on a box with a
> single PATA IDE drive (don't worry about the RAM).
> Petre
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Last school year we ran 14 thin clients off a "server" that used a
consumer-grade 7200 rpm PATA IDE drive.  No problems.

David Whitmer
Director of Media & Technology
Calvary Schools of Holland (Michigan)
web: www.calvaryschoolsholland.org
email: thewhitmers at gmail.com

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