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Have my new Maxtor 2nd HD installed on my new machine (thanks to some help from this board.) My OS & multitracking app (SONAR) run on the primary drive/channel; & the WaveData Folder resides on the secondary drive/channel.

I was told this is the optimum method for best performance, since it allows for the primary to run the OS & audio apps while freeing up the secondary to stream audio data. No bottlenecks.

A friend of mine, who has basically the same setup in his PC studio, wants me to install a 2nd audio drive on his machine.

With mine, I had only one optical drive connected to the secondary channel (a DVD-ROM), so connection of the new drive (to the slave connector), BIOS config, installation & initialization/formatting was a breeze.

With his, he already has 2 optical drives connected to the secondary channel.

My question is: can I simply switch one of his optical drives (I believe he has a DVD-ROM & CD-RW) to the slave connector on the primary channel to free up the secondary channel for the new audio drive?

And if so, how is setup accomplished?

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simple

oh wow, i am having to completely re read what you wrote now...


well, then yes, if he has a hard disk on channel 1,
and 2 cd drives on channel 2, then yes.
yes you can do what you ask.
but, if you need the 2nd hard disk to be master on channel 2 then it will need it's jumper set to that...

either way, if you take a drive out, you can put it on either cable on either connector.

but, you have to make sure the jumper is right....

if you take the slave drive off of channel 1 and put it on channel 2, then put the new drive on channel 2 set to slave, that will work

i use sort of the same idea with my burner, i try to keep it off of the same channel as my hard disk, mostly because it seems to fail more often when trying to burn from ide channel 1 master to ide channel 1 slave....
but if i burn from channel 1 to channel 2 i waste alot less discs.

i hope this helped at all.

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Bob,

>if you take the slave drive off of channel 1 and put it on channel 2, then put the new drive on channel 2 set to slave, that will work<

That's the opposite of what I want to do. I want to take one of the existing optical drives off 2; & move it to 1, to free up 2 for the new drive.

Now...what you're saying about the burner & the primary drive together on the same channel makes sense. Keeping with that, should I move the lesser drive, which is a CD player, to 1...that way, the burner & the new drive will be connected to 2?

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if you take the slave drive off of channel 1 and put it on channel 2, then put the new drive on channel 2 set to slave, that will work
that is almost what i meant to say, but i was being talked at while i wrote it....
if you read it it really doesnt make any sense....


ok, if you take the slave cd drive off of channel 2, and move it to channel 1, that will make it slave on channel 1...

then set the new hard disk to "slave" and put it on channel 2...

this is what i meant to say.

now, back to you other question...

i would do exactly that...

CHANNEL 1
hard disk 0 master
cd rom slave

CHANNEL 2
hard disk master
cd burner slave

but this is all related to jumper settings....

make sure you understand the basics about IDE cables and jumpers...

i hope i helped..

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