Four IDE Drives

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I have two HDD, one CR-Rom and one CD-RW. I had the HDD with the OS set up as primary master. Is there a better or more efficient way of setting up the other three IDEs?
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer

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Not without adding additional IDE controller cards.  Ideally, you'd have the OS disk on the primary master, with no slave and the secondary disk on its own IDE channel too (as master, no slave).  This would get you the best performance from the harddrives.  CD drives aren't as big of an issue, the only time you could have a problem would be if you were doing a disc to disc copy from the CD-ROM to the CDRW, but that will generally work OK too so long as DMA is enabled for both drives (in the drive properties in Device Manager under Win9x/ME, or in the IDE controller properties (Primary/Secondard IDE Channel) under Win2K/XP).

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Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer

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If you did want to get an IDE controller card, Promise Technologies (www.promise.com) and several others make these cards, they cost ~$40US.

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currently set both the hdds to be master on each controller.
rid

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There seems to be a lot of ideas on this thing.
Opinion: If the hard drives are comparable as to speed, put them on the same channel, the primary. I can see no sound reason NOT to have your O/S on the primary master, unless you have some weird multi-boot setup. Put the CD units on the secondary IDE channel. End opinion.

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Most CD-RW software doesnt like disc-disc burning if the CD driver are set up on the same channel on the controller (For the reference of KIRANGHAG ythey are not seperate controllers). If you are using nero you winn notice that is pops up with a notice to tell you this (unless you have disabled this notice when it has popped up). I would advise you to set them up as follows:

Primary Master    = HDD1 (The drive with your OS)
Primary Slave     = CD-Rom
Secondary Master  = HDD2
Secondary Slave   = CD-ReWriter

This will enable you to copy CD's disc-disc with minimal chances of a buffer underun error.

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