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DVD-ROM and DVD-RW on the same IDE channel or different?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by SanduneCC, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. SanduneCC

    SanduneCC Senior Member

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    Hey gang, if I want to install a DVD-ROM and a DVD burner for disc-to-disc archiving, how should I connect them? On the same IDE channel as Master and Slave or different IDE channels? Thanks.
     
  2. Medievaltech

    Medievaltech I need money :)

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    They can go on the same ide,set one to master and the other to slave.(Just remember the master goes at the end of the cable)
    or you can set them both up to cable select.
     

  3. mitchshrader

    mitchshrader Deceased

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    for disc to disc archiving, and ditto the two (you do need two) hard drives that're installed.

    This is 'optimum', not 'required'.. but i'm a performance nut, and the sort of guy who can't live needing a front end alignment.

    so, for 'Optimum' performance, disregarding the processor, power supply, cooling, motherboard, and ram .. ;Q

    you want the hard drive running your operating system (and the program you use on music) as MASTER IDE 0 , (first drive)......and dvd READER on that same IDE channel as slave. same cable, middle position, set to slave on the DVD Reader. Set to MASTER on the Hard Drive.

    The SECOND hard drive is identical. 2nd IDE Cable, end to hard drive, set to master, middle to DVD BURNER, set to slave.

    Why? uh, cause it works best. Do you really want 3 pages of boring lecture that flowcharts the info and shows how this avoids critical bottlenecks? Cause that's what doing it this way does. furthermore, it's best if you have a lot of ram, and a big virtual memory set up on the 2nd Hard drive.. (1-2 gigs) ..

    configuration matters as much to performance, real world, as perhaps 30% increase in raw speed. it MATTERS. if you want stability, reliability, and the capacity to multitask, build it to those needs. And with 'optimum' configuration, you can make mid grade hardware do a first class job. it's not more expensive, it's less. it's just harder. (requires understanding the need, the bottlenecks, how to minimize their effect, and what hardware it takes to accomplish that)
     
  4. SanduneCC

    SanduneCC Senior Member

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    mitch,
    I have 2 HDs right now and they're both SATA :)

    There's only one IDE device and it's the DVD burner.
     
  5. stickyfingers

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    You wouldn't get any measurable performance increase by hooking up 2 IDE optical drive in any certain way. It's usually easiest to just leave them on the same cable, one on top of the other.
     
  6. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    Hold up there, guys...

    If you put an IDE hard drive on a cable with an IDE optical drive you will suffer MASSIVE HDD performance hits.

    The optical drive (usually PIO 4) will limit the speed that data is able to move on that channel in exactly the same way a stick of PC2100 will inhibit an 800MHz system bus when all the other DIMMs are PC3200.

    In this case, however, the point is moot; nearly all decent machines have SATA available, so it is indeed best from a performance point of view to have the slave and master opticals on different cables.

    Just don't try throwing a ATA-xxx HDD into the mix, or the hard disk read/write time will be glacial at best.

    That is what extra IDE ports are for, after all.

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