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Where to plug in DVD Drive...

by tmf123 / March 22, 2007 4:16 AM PDT

I have a NFORCE 570 Slit-A motherboard. I have a single hard drive (250GB) that I have plugged into the SATA1 connector. I have 2 IDE Channels (one primary and one secondary). I currently have my DVD RW drive plugged into the secondard IDE channel.

Is that correct?

I was reading on a post that I need to buy an IDE card for the DVD but I don't see the sense in that if I have 2 IDE's available.

Thank you for your thoughts.


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If this was mine I'd
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 4:32 AM PDT

Get a nice 80 conductor IDE cable and from the primary IDE to the master connector on the cable with the drive set to CS plug it in there.


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Is SATA supposed to be faster than IDE?
by tmf123 / March 22, 2007 7:29 AM PDT
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Is SATA supposed to be faster than IDE?


Would it improve performance by moving the DVD drive to the primary master IDE?

Thanks again for your thoughts.


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I took your post as you were adding a DVD drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 22, 2007 7:33 AM PDT

And to get the best effect I would use both channels.

-> Yes SATA can be faster but most DVD drives have read limits well below the SATA speeds and even IDE rates.

Let me comment that for XP, installing to a SATA drive (XP retail versions) can be troublesome for some. If I wanted to make it harder to install I'd give my tech all SATA components. This changes in Vista but that's another can of worms.


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