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    optical drives

    I have a Dell 8300 P4, 3ghz, 512ram, winxp pro with a 120g sata hd, floppy, dvdrom and dvdrw. The HD is on primary Sata, there is nothing on the primary ide channel and both dvd's are on the secondary ide channel, configured with cable select. This works, but shouldn't the dvd's be split? One on primary ide as master and one on secondary as master, until I get another HD or drive of any kind?

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    Re: optical drives

    By splitting the drives across the primary and secondary channels (I assume this is what you mean) you will get marginally better performance. This is more critical if one is a writer, such as your DVD-RW, which I would definitely make a master. Since you have SATA in the system, it may not matter if and when you get a second hard drive. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: optical drives

    Yup, thats what I meant. Splitting across primary and secondary. Sounds like I should leave system as is.

    Thats easy! Thanks much.

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    Re: optical drives

    Welcome much!

    I would lile to add: leave it as is unless you encounter problems copying discs. With modern PCs, this is fairly rare since the hardware is able to keep up with the demands of writing. Also...make sure that your DVD-RW drive is the master on whatever IDE channel it lives on, for the same reason. In this case, the old wisdom applies: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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