Primary IDE Master

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Zyphonic

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Does it make a difference if a cdrom or a hard disk is installed as the primary IDE master? Is it better if a cdrom or hard disk is installed there???
 
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Generally the primary master ide is used for the boot drive, there are case where this is not true as in booting from scsi, but in general.
 

Zyphonic

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Generally but necessarily?? Is it a problem if cdrom is primary and hard drive is secondary?
 

crjdriver

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If your hd are connected to a controller card like a promise or highpoint raid; or if they are sata, then you can put optical drives on ide1. My system here has a dvd burner as master on ide1; I do have hd connected to a raid card however.

If you are asking CAN you do it, yes. If you are asking if you SHOULD do it, no. Put the boot ide drive on ide1 as master; put any other hd on ide1 as a slave device. Put optical drives on ide2.
 

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Most new BIOS versions support booting from any of the IDE devices, but I agree with CRJ, I'd put it on the primary master. I don't see any point in doing otherwise.
 
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