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Old 01-05-2007, 05:20 AM   #1
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How do I install 2 hdd 1 primary master and 1 secondary master?

I have 2 hdd one 80 gig and one 160 gig. I would like to sett hem up as a primary and secondary master with one dvd burner master and one cd rm/dvd rom slave. How do I do this? do I put one hdd and one optical drive on one ata cable and the other set on the other ata cable? I want 2 bootable hd drives. One with win xp and one with linux. Should it look like this:

primary master-HDD
primary Slave: DVD Burner
secondary Master: HDD
secondary slave: cd-rw/dvd-rom combo

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Old 01-05-2007, 07:02 AM   #2
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actaully you can do it any way you like but the slowest step is the burning and if and only if you do a lot of burning consider putting the burner as a master and so you then have to consider either linux as a slave to ms(heh heh).

Due to deficiencies in ms you are better off keeping ms as a primary on first controller and linux is comfortable being a slave on the first or slave on the second.

read my tut on how to dual boot if you wish
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Right now I have linux and windows (Linux was on first)on 1 hdd primary master and one cd-rw/dvd rom as secondary master. I really want to have 2 bootable hdd with linux on 1 and windows on the other, but how would that work with an added dvd burner? Should the burner be primary slave with one hdd and the cd-rw as secondary slave with the sencond hdd as secondary master or should both the cd-rw and the dvd burner be set up as dvd burner secondary master and cd-rw as secondary slave?

primary master-HDD
primary Slave: HDD
secondary Master: DVD Burner
secondary slave: cd-rw/dvd-rom combo


primary master-HDD
primary Slave: DVD Burner
secondary Master: HDD
secondary slave: cd-rw/dvd-rom combo
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If everything is already booting it sounds like you should just be able to add the burner to the machine and everything would keep working.
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Doesn't really matter at all. Just have the disk order fixed and stick to it. I would put the DVD and CD drives together as they run at a lower speed.

I am running 5 disks. Over 140 systems. You can see the partition arrangement in my signature on the 145 systems.


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