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By digitalshy ·
Which is best, using one IDE cable for Hard Drive and CD ROM Drive or using seperate IDE cables for each?


How should I connect a ZIP Drive?

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by RiverNet In reply to IDE CABLES

There was recently an article, I think here in TechRepublic, that did a great job of describing issues regarding the combination of devices on the various IDE connections you have in your computer. I'll see if I can find it and follow up.

Also, I know Iomega includes in their documentation specific instructions about what should be paired up with their drives, assuming you have an IDE zip drive.

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by tbradley In reply to IDE CABLES

It really doesn't matter, because regardless of how the devices are hooked up, only 1 IDE device will ever be in use at any given time, even if you are copying from CD to HD, HD to Zip, or any combination thereof....

The only real given "rule ofthumb" on IDE devices, is that the boot hard drive "C", should always be IDE 1, Master.

Remember, you have 4 possible positions for an IDE device. IDE1 Master, IDE1 Slave, IDE2 Master, and IDE2 Slave.

No 2 devices can be set to the same, forexample, you can't have 2 IDE1 Masters.

The Zip drive you mention could go anywhere, but would usually be a slave ( probably default out of the box ), on either IDE1 or IDE2

It used to be a problem with drive lettering, where IDE1-Master was always C, IDE2 - Slave was always D, IDE2 - Master was always E, unless there was no slave on 1, then it was D, but with dynamic drive assignments in windows, this is no longer a problem. You can tell windows to make anything but the boot drive any letter except A, B, or C.

Hope this didn't really confuse you..... :)


OH... one last thought. If you have 2 hard drives of different speeds... ie, one is UDMA 66, and the other is a faster breed, ie 100 or 133, then by all means separate them.

The controller doesn't care about other IDE devices like CD roms or Zips, but will default to the lowest speed on the chain with regards to hard drives. ie, if you put a 66 and a 133 on IDE1, IDE1 will only deliver 66mhz in throughput. Yet if you put the 66 on IDE2, and the 133 on IDE1, each will deliver at advertised speed.

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