Putting a pc together with 2 hard drives , cd drive and dvd writer drive. Is it best to have 2 hard drives on one cable and cd and dvd drives on secondary cable or is it best to have master drive on primary with cd drive as slave and 2nd hard drive on secondary cable with dvd drive as slave. or does it not matter one way or the other.
Don't think it will make a lot of difference with modern systems, but the conventional way is your first suggestion. I have mine set that way but did away with the master/slave bit on all four drives by setting them all to C.S. [Cable select] they all work fine. j.
I experimented a bit with my setup and decided in the end that master and slave HDDs (both ultra DMA 100) were best together on the primary cable. I then set my DVD ROM as master on secondary and CD R/RW as slave. This also avoids stretching cables if your HDDs are together and the optical drives likewise. I think optical drives which may have a lower data transfer rate can slow down faster HDDs if on the same cable, but stand to be corrected on that.
Cable select. If you set all your drive jumpers to cable select and use appropriate cables, the drive at the end of the cable will be automatically set as master and the one nearer the mobo will be slave.