Strange things with my hard drive

Victor Tsaran tsar at
Mon Feb 25 09:27:27 EST 2002

Hi, Kerry!
So, if I leave my setup as it is working now, that is, HDD as a master on
IDE1 and CDROM as a master on IDE0, is it going to work worse than in a
regular setup? Since it is working, I thought I would not want to touch it
Also, since the cable came with my motherboard, which is supports ATA100,
can I assume that this is a 80-wire cable?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kerry Hoath" <kerry at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2002 4:04 AM
Subject: Re: Strange things with my hard drive

> This is not a good idea unless ide channels are limited.
> The reason for this is that once one device is accessing the ide bus the
> device doesn't get a look in until the first device has finished.
> The practical upshot of this is that installs from cdromt o hard disk go
really slowly because
> both devices want contention on the ide bus.
> With the multitude of IDE devices these days it can be difficult to get
the combinations right.
> Slaving a cdrom to a burner is ok provided you don't want to do on-the-fly
> copying with your cdrom to burner.
> Slaving a burner to a hard drive can also cause problems if your i/o
subsystem is not up to
> keeping both devices busy.
> If you have a cdrom only put it master on the secondary controller if you
don't have 2 hard drives or put it as
> slave on the secondary if you have a hard drive on both controllers.
> If you have a cdorm and a burner I cable like this:
> primary master, hard drive.
> Primary slave, empty
> Secondary master, cd burner, secondary slave, cdrom.
> I don't on-the-fly copy from cd to burner, I let the computer
> put it on the hard drive as an intermediate step.
> Regards, Kerry.
> On Sun, Feb 24, 2002 at 08:02:31PM -0500, Alex Snow wrote:
> > I've never bilt a computer, but i've taken about 100 apart.  In most
> > and most of the machines I gutted were older ones, the cdrom is slaved
> > the hard drive witch is the master.
> >
> >
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