Put the two HDs on the primary controller. Master on the end of the cable, slave on the middle plug. Put the optical on the secondary controller. Set it as master in the end if the cable. When you get ready for your high speed CD-RW drive put on the middle plug and set it as slave.
Then, if you're like me, you can add a PCI controller card and connect four more drives.
I just got my first DVD drive and I'm wondering how i should hook up the drives on the IDE cables. the manual said to put the DVD drive as a secondary master (which I did), but it had no advice on how to hook up a system w/ 2 hard drives. it said to put a CD rom drive as secondary slave, but I don't have a 2nd CD/optical drive. so where should I put the second HD? right now I have the second Hdrive as primary slave.
note I am running premiere (win2000, abit va-10 mobo) so the video data is on the second Hdrive mostly-- so i thought it might be better to have it on the secondary slave ide. how do drives share data on the same ide cable anyway??
thanks! - fj