Best way to connect the DVD writer (Master/Slave - Primary/Secondary)


I’m going to purchase a new DVD Writer tomorrow (ASUS 1608P3S to be exact) and I was wondering which way I should connect the writer to my PC.

I have two HDDs and they are connected to the primary IDE channel and my old (and disfunctional :wink: ) DVD writer is connected to secondary IDE channel as master. I am planning to connect the new one as secondary master and connect the old one as slave in the secondary IDE channel. Would this cause any problems.

And another little question; The primary IDE Channel slot is lightblue on my mother board. What does this mean? Does it have anything to do with 80pin cables ?

Thank you for your help :slight_smile:

Welcome to CDF :smiley:

That setup should be fine - I have my HDD as Pri. Master, and my two burners as Master and Slave on the Secondary IDE.

I don’t do on-the-fly copying, so the above works well for me. :slight_smile:

Not too sure about the colour of the Pri. IDE socket thing, both mine are blue (I think).

Blue connector = 80 pin cable.

If I’m not wrong, all IDE cables have 40 pin, but some have 80 wires.

That’s what I meant. Thanks for the correction.

:flower: Sometimes I’m still not sure to write correct words (and I’m too lazy to check in dictionary :doh: )

Thank you all for replying ; ))

I’ll update after installing the writer… :wink:

All of the 40 pin 80 wire IDE cables I have are layed out as follows

blue connector goes to MOBO
grey connector (female side) is in the middle
black connector (female side) is on the end