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Old 04-30-02, 12:56 PM
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Should the faster hard drive be the master? Does it matter?

I'm getting a new fancy 7200 80 gig drive.

Should I make it the master and my old 10 gig the slave? Will it affect performance either way?
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Depends on the OS, your IDE configuration in terms of other devices, and your purposes. For general use, probably. But if you have heavy-duty disk-intensive processing to do you might be better off with the OS on the slower drive and the faster one handling the processing and storage.

What are you going to be doing with your system?
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short answer = yes
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I always thought that the drives will only spin as fast as the slowest drive.

So if you had a 5400RPM and a 7200RPM drive on the same IDE channel they would both spin at 5400RPM cause that was the max speedfor the slowest drive.

I never really looked into it much, so I could be wrong
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The spin rate won't be affected. However, the transfer rate will be affected depending upon the capabilities of your motherboard.

Meaning if your motherboard is only ata-33, that's the max it can transfer. I'm guessing your 80gb drive will be ata-100 or at least ata-66.


Personally, I would ghost the 10gb to the 80gb. Then I'd make the 80gb the main drive and remove the 10gb altogether.
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Ahh, maybe that is what I read along time ago

Transfer rate not spin rate, makes sense!
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Originally posted by X
Depends on the OS, your IDE configuration in terms of other devices, and your purposes. For general use, probably. But if you have heavy-duty disk-intensive processing to do you might be better off with the OS on the slower drive and the faster one handling the processing and storage.

What are you going to be doing with your system?
Sorry should have specified all that stuff first.

This is a home PC running WinXP Pro.

I don't do anything special on it. Just regular word processing, email, chat, finances, digital photos, occasional games, etc.

I think I'll be transfering the 10 gig to the 80 and using it for the master. I'll the 10 on there just in case things get real tight, or maybe exclusive for all the digital pics.
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That sounds good then. Use the faster drive for your OS and normal stuff and the 10 for overflow storage. As long as you're not constantly copying big stuff from drive to drive putting them on the same channel also makes sense.
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That sounds good then. Use the faster drive for your OS and normal stuff and the 10 for overflow storage. As long as you're not constantly copying big stuff from drive to drive putting them on the same channel also makes sense.
Cool. Thanks!

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