CD-RW Drive Configuration

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#1

I’m building a PC and am not clear on EIDE drive configuration. I have a Sony CD-RW (CRX215A1), a Sony CD-R (CDU-5221), and a Seagate 80G (Ultra ATA) HDD. Assuming the 80G HDD is primary master, should the CD-RW be configured as secondary master and the CD-R as secondary slave? Or should the CD-R be configured as primary slave? Somehow, the second option doesn’t sound right; I’m under the impression that the CD units’ ATA speed is slower than the HDD’s.


#2

Majority of the HDs are running UDMA 5 (ATA100), except for the Maxtor line, which are running UDMA 6 (ATA100). Your CD drives run at UDMA 2 (ATA33).

Your first configuration is good enough, though w/ current mobos, having your CD writer as Master or Slave on secondary won’t really impact its speed. As long as your boot HD is on primary master, it’s all good.


#3

Thanks. By the way, anything problematic or goofy about the Sony units that I should know before configuring?