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AE2 - Multiple ME Drives in one system? (1.7.10)

Discussion in 'General FTB chat' started by icecorerulez, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. icecorerulez

    icecorerulez New Member

    Hey guys,
    Im a complete noob in AE2 and im setting up my first ME system right now.
    What i know so far: The items (liquids etc.) are stored on discs in the ME Drive.
    What i want to know - is it possible to hook up more than one Drive at one system?
    Ty for answers :)

    (sry for my english, after years it isnt the best.)
     
  2. Bibble

    Bibble New Member

    Simply put, yes.

    There are limits to the number of devices you can have in a system (I think 8 without a controller, and then it's limited to the connections to the controller), but, as far as I can tell, all the devices can be interchangable, you could have 8 ME drives as a system, you just wouldn't be able to actually DO anything.
     
  3. icecorerulez

    icecorerulez New Member

    Thanks! Everything else in AE2 is a bit more complicated (im still at the storage disks :D), so i thought it wouldnt be that simple.
     
  4. Bibble

    Bibble New Member

    It's actually remarkably simple, and plug-and-play once you get your head around the concept, but that can be the tricky part.

    As I said, the limitations are going to be the cables (normal, dense, etc.), which havle limits to how many devices they can connect to.
     
  5. GreenZombie

    GreenZombie New Member

    For simple systems AE2 is actually simpler as you don't need a controller.
    My starting system has a access panel, 4 drives (Each with 10? disks installed), a import bus connected to a TC hungry chest under a TC mirror (so I can send stuff home while exploring) leaving space for 2 additional devices.
     
  6. ChemE

    ChemE New Member

    There are actually all sorts of cool and complicated ways you can get around the channel limits. A network without a controller can have 8 data channels and each ME drive block uses one data channel. You can make a subnet of 7 drives and one interface, stick 70 16k storage disks in it, dump everything you own into the interface and then connect your main system to it by placing a storage bus on the interface. The storage bus will use a single data channel on your main network but it will be able to see and pull from and send to the 70 disks. You can get power to the subnet by bringing a quartz fiber off the side of the storage bus and interface and connecting those with fluix cable. Power will flow but not data, so those 8 devices will not use channels on your main network.

    The subnet on the left is using all 8 channels; 6 for the drives, 1 for the terminal, and 1 for the interface. The system on the right, let's call this the main system, is sending the subnet power but is only using 2 channels; one for the storage bus and one for the terminal.
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    Instead of drives, you could have 7 deep storage units each with a storage bus and one interface as a subnet and then connect and power that the same way. You could store billions of cobble, dirt, gravel, etc in the DSUs and tens of thousands of other less common items of up to 4,410 different types on the disks in the drives and that would only require 2 channels on the main network, one per subnet connected! Like this: (the third channel shown used is because of the terminal on the main system)
    [​IMG]

    Just manually put the first item in each DSU and any new material entering the system of that same block ID will go to the DSUs first. Or you can turn the priority on the storage bus connected to the DSU's up higher than that on the drives. Then material will go to the DSUs first and the drives second. Put a trashcan with a storage bus on the main system and configure that storage bus for cobble, dirt, gravel, sand, etc but make its priority in between the DSUs and the drives. Then, if you actually fill a DSU with cobble instead of going to the drives, the extra cobble would be routed to the trashcan and voided leaving your drives to store more important items.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2015
  7. rdemay91

    rdemay91 New Member

    if your wanting me drives for ae this works and is insanely done well
     

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