Computer help forum: ide hd in sequence with ide dvd drive

by: padyboy November 24, 2012 3:34 PM PST

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ide hd in sequence with ide dvd drive

by padyboy - 11/24/12 3:34 PM

Once again I am asking questions about the refurbishing of my old Dimension 5150 desktop.
It has an ide dvd drive preinstalled. I wish to connect an older HD of 10GB in line with the DVD. The DVD, being the first in line, would be the master; the hd would be the slave.
This seemed like a relatively simple procedure until I read this on one website:
"DO NOT put a CD Drive on the same channel as your hard drive! Most modern CD drives are ATA33 while the modern hard drives are ATA133. A drive can only transfer as fast as the slowest device on the channel."
I have searched CNET and not found a reference to this problem. Since this is an add-on drive, speed is of little consequence to me; not much I can do with 10GB anyway.
Neither of these components are "modern". Should I change the IDE cable to place the HD as master, with the appropriate jumper config, and the dvd drive as the slave?
This hd is so old, I think it was running Win 95; Win XP may be unable to access it. But I have to try.
I hate to discard old stuff, as I am 62 and retired. Perhaps I should retire my old computer components.
Anyway, I continue to lear more about computer hardware by dealng with problems such as this.

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