If this was yours,How would you hook up this hardware

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Bucky Badger, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    I have

    40GB HDD for data.
    40GB HDD for Every day use with Win XP on it.
    80GB HDD for Games with XP on it.

    DVD ROM
    DVD+-R/RW

    and I have a controller card

    I was thinking Data on the controller card,
    Pri Master= Everyday use
    Pri Slave= DVD ROM

    Secondary Master= Games
    Secondary Slave= DVD writer


    any thoughts?
     
  2. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    sounds good :cool:
     
  3. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    Thx
     
  4. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    If its a raid card, i'd put the 40's as raid 0. and then 80 gig as primary master, dvdrw seconday master and dvdrom as secondary slave
     
  5. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    i would put all my ide devices on the same channel and all atapi devices on the same channel if I could help it... that would give you the best performance...

    if you then wanted to stripe or mirror or whatever else its an option as well... it would improve IDE performance to stripe your 40gb drives like dream said... but its your call...
     
  6. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    i thought having the main drive + games drive on seperate channels would speed up seek times + transfering data? also the cd/dvd drived should be on seperate cables for ease of copying from one to outher?
     
  7. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    they are not the same protocol heny... atapi v/s ide... atapi is more complicated...

    also since optical drives are slower than hdd's this can impact performance when they are on the same channel... this is the main reason I don't keep my atapi's on the same channel as my ide's...

    however in my system I have plenty of storage options :D so I don't really have a shortage of channels :cool:
     
  8. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    Well could we combine Heny and sazar's ideas and go like this

    Every day pri- master
    dvdrom pri- slave

    games sec- master

    data controller card pri master
    dvdrw controller card sec master
     
  9. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    you will not notice a big drop in performance using ide/atapi on the same channel.. I suggested it as a best performance option...

    controller cards generally support ide devices only therefore you will have to install all atapi devices on hte primary and/or secondary channel...
     
  10. ming

    ming OSNN Advanced

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    Isn't it better to have the DVD writer as Primary slave for faster data transfer?
     
  11. Bucky Badger

    Bucky Badger OSNN Addict

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    k thx, I'll watch the thread before I do much more, just in case.
     
  12. toretto

    toretto Mentally Absent

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    maybe back in the days of 40 pin ide cables, you would be correct. todays bus cables and controllers, being 80 pin, they both get their own set, so as far as performace by separating atapi and ide drives, there is no gain.
     
  13. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

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    I'd sell the 2 40's and the PCI card and buy a WD 120 gig for $58.

    No more problem, Wait, that is what I did!
     
  14. RazerBack

    RazerBack The First Rebirth

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    My setup

    2 X IBM 30gigs in Raid O (onboard promise controller)
    2 X IBM 40gigs storage on Primary
    1 DVD-ROM Master and 1 DVDRW on Secondary.
    Been setup like that for awhile now, I replaced my old CD-RW with the DVDRW. Been running fine since October 2003.

    I've had the IBM HDs for 3 years now without any problems, but any day they are bound to die, I guess. Good thing I have an external HD for backup, in case they die.