coolteentom 11:49 27 Jun 2004

I currently have two drives (a CDROM and a CDRW).

What settings should I change to just have the CDRW (Should the CDRW be Master, slave etc...)

Thanks for your help


  Mister Splendid 11:54 27 Jun 2004

Unless there is something wrong with the cdrom drive I would suggest you keep it. It's maximum read speed is likely to be higher unless your cr-rw is very recent and removing it would mean you can no longer copy disk to disk on the fly.

  coolteentom 12:08 27 Jun 2004

There's a big problem with the drives, which no-one seems to be able to fix, meaning that I cannot copy CDs at all. I've tried just about everything to try and fix it. Hopefully if I take off the CDROM, I will find out if it is the CDROM which is affecting it.

Thanks for your reply


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:37 27 Jun 2004

leave cdrom in computer just pull out ide and power cable and retry your ot problemher

  Stuartli 14:03 27 Jun 2004

The rewriter should be set as the Master and the CD-ROM as the Slave using the appropriate jumper on each drive.

A rewriter should be kept just for that purpose - burning - as its reliability and lifespan is not as high as a basic CD-ROM drive, which can be used to install software, listen to audio and similar activities.

If you use Nero as a burning program it will control the opening and shutting of the CD-ROM and CD rewriter drives' drawers as and when necessary.

The best method to use for burning (in the vast majority of cases) is image i.e. burn the disk from a file(s) etc created (usually temporary) on the HDD. However, on a smaller HDD, this does require defragging more regularly.

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