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Connecting IDE Devices

By Etoile ·
What is the best way/combination to connect various devices to the IDE channels?

Should I put harddrives on one channel and CD drives on another using an 80 strand and 40 strand cable respectively (or all 80 strand cables)? I only suggest this because I have heard that transfer rates will slow to the rate of the slowest device on the channel...

My hardware:
2 ATA 100 40 gig HHDs
Pioneer 16x DVDrom
Ricoh MP716A CDR/RW 16x10x32

P4 1.6 Asus P4B 512 Mb SDRAM

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by dmiles In reply to Connecting IDE Devices

Connect one drive as Master to the Primary and use CDRW as a Slave
Secondary cable Set the drive as Master and the DVD as a slave, jumpers on drives should be set for each device

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by TheChas In reply to Connecting IDE Devices

I believe that the transfer rate issue for the slowest device on the channel has been handled in bios for most chipsets.
You do need the 80 pin cable for ATA100.

I have seen CD burners that specifically state in the instructions to NOT use an 80pin cable. (No explanation)
If the documentation for either your cdrw or dvd drive states to use a 40 pin cable only, then you have your answer.
(Hard drives on primary, cd/dvd drives on secondary.

Otherwise, optimum transfer speed, and deviceconnection depends on how you are using the system.

If you plan to copy a lot of CDs, or continually transfer files between hard drives, having the source and target drives on seperate channels can speed up the transfers.

If you plan to crate CDs from files on the hard drive, you would want the hard drive with the files, and the cd burner on oposite channels.

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by geoffd72 In reply to Connecting IDE Devices

Both Answers so far are correct?. I know that does not help, so you could start at the drive?s manufacture?s web site and see what they recommend. Just try different configurations if you have the time to, other wise I would suggest to you to put like devises on a channel. ATA 100 cables are specific for ATA 100 drives, they are backward compatable, but an ATA 66 and ATA 100 are not the same. You can test this with a benchmark utility like those from Zdnet if you want. Consider the answer from ?TheChas? as a guideline to determine what you are going to use the system for, and move things around until you get it optimized. Doing things the right way is not always obvious, but can be fun to find.
So have fun!!

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