I thought my question fits best in this thread.
I have 2 hard drives and 1 burner(PLEXTOR PX-750A) and I’m planning to install a second burner. My mobo is a P5LD2 and has the following connectors:
- 2 red IDE connectors(PRI_EIDE and SEC_EIDE) for a 40-conductor cable (Ultra ATA 133/100/66)
- 1 primary IDE connector(PRI_IDE) for a 80-conductor cable (Ultra DMA 100/66)
What is the best setup? Please also explain the colour coding. I read here that black is master and grey is slave but my motherboard’s user guide says it’s the other way around??
The user guide also says that ATAPI devices are not supported on the first 2 ide connectors whatever that means.
The main drive is a WDC WD2500JB-00REA0 in UDMA mode 5 which is on the black connector of the 80-conductor cable attached to the PRI_IDE. The burner in UDMA mode 4 is on the grey connector on the same cable.
My second hard drive is a Maxtor 6 Y080P0 that currently hangs on the PRI_EIDE via a 40-conductor cable.
That sounds bass-akwards to me… as ATA133 absolutely MUST have an 80wire cable, while for an ATA100 HDD it is merely a really good idea
ATA66? have it bronzed, and use it as a paperweight as it isn’t good for much else.
“PATA” is also another synonym for IDE, EIDE, etc…
There frankly is no current use for a 40wire cable as all the drives
that can actually use them are old and slow.
Would you like to borrow my 40wire cable storage device?
It’s circular, stands about 20" tall, sits next to my desk and it
gets emptied about once a week… thinking about it you probably
already have one…
Yes, what I’m saying is that for any computer hardware you actually
want to use, you DO NOT want to use a 40-wire cable on it and I heartily recommend putting them in the trash.