DVD-RW as Master or Slave Drive?

  phoenix198 08:38 25 Jul 2004

I'm in the process of building a new system which will have a DVD-RW and DVD ROM attached to the Secondary EIDE channel.

Is it best to configure the DVD-RW as the Master drive or the Slave drive?

(Before someone asks, I don't have a 'Cable Select' EIDE cable)

  Stuartli 08:43 25 Jul 2004

The rewriter should be the Master and the DVD-ROM the Slave; enable DMA for both drives. The basic Windows CDROM driver is all that is required for the drives and will be installed when Windows finds New Hardware.

Obviously you will also need burning software such as Nero for the rewriter.

Cable Select requires the proper cables and a mobo that supports the feature.

To get maximum life from the rewriter only use it for burning purposes and the DVD-ROM for DVDs, audio CDs, installing software etc.

  phoenix198 08:57 25 Jul 2004

Thanks for that.

The logic behind using the rewriter solely for that task and the DVD-ROM for general playback/data loading seems sound, but do you know the rationale behind setting the rewriter as Master?

Incidentally, I'm not sure you're correct about Cable select requiring a mobo that supports the feature. According to this article click here its all down to the cable itself and (of course) how you jumper the drives.

  Stuartli 09:16 25 Jul 2004

Apart from the fact that there's been plenty of similar advice in the forums, every rewriter I've owned (and that's quite a number over the years) has listed this configuration in the manual.

In addition, my son, an IT support specialist, who set up my first rewriter way back in the last century advised me that that is the correct procedure.

I've had three TDK rewriters and all came with the jumper set to Master; the manual (which I've just dug out from beneath a pile of other manuals) states that this will work with most commonly found PC configurations.

It also states "You are strongly recommended to connect your TDK xxx rewriter to the secondary IDE connection with a Master setting; should you wish to connect a second device such as a CD-ROM or a further hard disk drive to the same connector, the device should be set to Slave".

Regarding Cable Select it states "..the feature can only be used with a computer that supports CSEL and a special CSEL IDE cable."

  phoenix198 09:24 25 Jul 2004


That's a good enough reason for me!

  bremner 10:10 25 Jul 2004

What you need to know about cable select click here

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