IDE configuration Question

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Chensu, Jan 11, 2003.

  1. Chensu

    Chensu Guest

    Whats the best IDE setup for the following, Ive heard conflicting ideas, can anyone with real xp-erience! tell me.. :D

    I have 2 HDDs, DVD/CD drive, CDRW drive. Should I set both HDDs to masters, and DVD/CDRW to slaves? or both HDDs on one IDE channel, DVD/CDRW on the other.

    Chensu. :cool:
     
  2. canadian_divx

    canadian_divx Canadian_divx

    my personal opintion with this would to be have the two HDD's on one and the dvd and cdrw on the other, it is that the cd roms will be a slower transfer rate than a hdd and the dma will run with the slowest one
     
  3. Chensu

    Chensu Guest

    OK, thanks
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  4. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    agreed.

    and on the channel with the dvd and cdrw... have the dvdrom be master.
     
  5. ditchhopper

    ditchhopper OSNN Addict

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    Dont know if this is true or not, but Ive been told that running both drives on the same ide will impair your ability to burn "on the Fly" I have both mine on the same channel and havent had any problems though. I usually prefer to burn from an image anyways.
     
  6. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    Ditchhopper, i've heard that as well. i think it even warns u of that in Nero if you try to burn from one drive to another on the same chain. i've never tried it cause i'd rather not turn a perfectly good CD into a coaster or nice tree ornament for christmas.
     
  7. ditchhopper

    ditchhopper OSNN Addict

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    Never tried it with nero. Its worked succesfully with clone cd and blindwrite but as I understand it your chances of making coasters goes way up. No problems yet though.
     
  8. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    exactly the reason why i think onboard raid is a worthwhile feature on any motherboard.

    each of my 4 drives is master of it's own channel.
     
  9. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Having the DVDd and the CDRW on the same channel will impair on-the-fly a bit. But a modern computer should be fast enough to handle it anyway. Anyway, the other alternative (one hdd on each channel) will impair "normal" burning even more, so that's not a good idea. And general performance will be worse.

    HDD:s together on the primary channel, DVD and CDRW together on the secondary channel.
     
  10. Chensu

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    Thanks again for all your advice ;)