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Simple IDE Connector query

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Epitaxial, 7 Jun 2006.

  1. Epitaxial


    Joined: 24 Apr 2006

    Posts: 21

    If I have only 1 SATA HDD then do I connect my CD/DVD to IDE1 or IDE2 or doesn't it matter


  2. squiffy


    Joined: 17 Mar 2006

    Posts: 9,055

    Doesn't matter.
  3. nikebee


    Joined: 9 Nov 2004

    Posts: 13,984

    Location: Pembrokeshire

    personally i always do IDE1 set the cd drive to master...
    just habbit i suppose... couldn't imagine it creating a problem though since Serial ATA drives run on their own channels anyway :)

    can't wait for SATA optical drives to become a bit more mainstream, we saw a few (read: one or two) SATA opticals last year, but nothing much came of them :(
  4. utherpendragon


    Joined: 4 May 2006

    Posts: 499

    don't samsung do some decent sata ones now?
  5. StefanHolmes


    Joined: 17 Apr 2006

    Posts: 27

    I thought SATA optical drives were still rare and expensive?

    It's about time Pioneer got on board with SATA though. 16X DVD writing does somewhat cry out for SATA support.
  6. Messiah Khan


    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Another option is to use an IDE optical drive, with a SATA to IDE converter on a Silicon Logic SATA controller. I havent tried it myself yet, but im tempted.
  7. Mattw


    Joined: 15 May 2006

    Posts: 389

  8. WJA96


    Joined: 13 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,511

    Location: Norfolk, South Scotland

    Samsung SH-W163 16x16 DVD±RW Serial ATA Dual Layer ReWriter (Black) (CD-076-SA)
    - DVD+R: 16x, DVD-R: 16x
    - DVD+R DL: 5x, DVD-R DL: 5x
    - DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x
    - DVD-ROM Read: 16x
    - CD-R Write: 48x
    - CD-RW Write 32x
    - CD Read: 48x
    - Access time: 130ms
    - Buffer Size: 2MB

    Price: £23.95 (£28.14 Including VAT at 17.5%)
  9. Global_Inferno


    Joined: 1 Mar 2004

    Posts: 859

    Location: Cardiff, UK

    Cheap too! :cool:
  10. ted34

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jul 2005

    Posts: 1,734

    Location: Edinburgh

    But whats the point in sata optical drives? Data transfer in an ide cable is slower but its still a hell of a lot faster than drives can read and write and so only advantage is sata cables are thinner but then your using sata ports rather than an ide port which nowadays are rarely used for harddrives