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Slave hard drive problems

By rfollett ·
I have installed (successfully) a new slave hard drive (160gb, 7200 rpm), which has no conflict. My aim was to store my video files on it (I do lots of editing which is pretty disk space greedy). I can copy files over onto the new drive, but when I go to play them back, they are very jumpy, and will not play them smoothly, if at all. Any ideas?

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by Dumphrey In reply to Slave hard drive problems

Several suggestions. First, boot into your bios and see if what DMA is being used. Most chipsets will detect this setting and assign a vlaue automagicly, but errors do aoocure. Also, If performance is a priority for you on thie HD, you would be better off assigning it as master on another eide bus. IDE devices can not write to the bus at the same time. So basicly, the master can read or write while the slave "pauses", or the slave can read or write while the master "pauses". Putting the OS and your primary work drive on seperate IDE channels improves this performance hit by a small, but noticable, bit.

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