Hard Drive and CD Drive - Master or Slave?

Quick question...

I have a 2 hard drives, one with windows installed, on its own IDE cable and another hard drive, with Linux installed that shares the IDE port with a CD Drive.

The question is, does it matter which of the devices that are sharing the IDE port (ie. the CD Drive and the Second Hard Disk) are set to master or slave?


the sensible thing would be to have the linux hard drive as the slave on the primary channel so both operating systems can communicate at an optimum with the cd-rom. check your drives wouldnt be better with an 80 conductor cable and the jumpers set to cable select.

many thanks.

  Ironman556 18:34 23 May 2003

Not sure quite what you're asking, but you need to connect the master and slave on the right part of the cable. If you get them the wrong way round they won't work. I have my 2 cd-roms on the secondary IDE, and two hdd's on the primary IDE.

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