IDE Channel configuration

  soy 11:48 13 Jan 2004


I have 2 IDE Channels and 4 devices. 2 hard drives (120G and 40G) and 2 CD-ROM devices (DVD and CD-RW).

What would be the best setup? hard drives on one IDE channel and CD drives in the other, or should I put a hard drive and CD drive together on each channel?

I think I heard before that 2 hard drives shouldn't go together on 1 IDE channel as they will bottleneck each other, but i'm not sure about this.



  Diemmess 12:10 13 Jan 2004

I would use one HD master and one CDxxx (as the slave) on each channel........
The HDs will be able to read/write data so much faster than any CD, they should be separated

  TBH1 12:23 13 Jan 2004

for what its worth, I have 2 hard drives on master ide and DVD Rom and cdrw on slave - - - and most people I know who have 2 hard discs have that set-up.

  Jester2K 12:24 13 Jan 2004


  soy 12:31 13 Jan 2004


Do you mean you have hard drives on the master connections on each IDE and CD drives on slave. i.e. one hard drive and cd drive per IDE channel?

  DieSse 13:29 13 Jan 2004

No, they mean you put the two hard drves on the one IDE cable, and the two optical drives on the secondary. This is the conventional way to attach drives.

Each drive will perform to it's capability - one does not slow down the other one.

  soy 15:19 13 Jan 2004

Thanks DieSse!

And to Everyone else, I think I will go with the conventional way then. It will save me having to buy longer IDE cables then.

  TBH1 17:11 13 Jan 2004

yep, I knew DieSse would know what I mean - -re reading that now I understand your confusion. " discs on primary ide and 2 optics on secondary.

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