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ajcool123

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okay whatsup guys,

so my computer is setup with 2 cd/dvd drives but they are both on the secondary slave drives, not on the two primary drives. i know this doesn't matter much but how do i go about switching them so they are on primary master and primary slave? is that switching the power to it in the computer or can it be done through the bios?

thanks! :whistling:
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wannabe1

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Hi ajcool123...

You'll want to leave the Hard Drive as Primary Master or you'll have problems booting to the installed operating system.

As for the cd drives, any cd/dvd writers should be installed as a Secondary Master and the cd-roms as Slaves...either primary or secondary, though it would make sense to save the Primary Slave position open for an additional hard drive.

Drives are assigned their roles in the machine by the position the occupy on the IDE cable and the IDE channel they hold on the motherboard. The end cable position is Master...the center position is Slave. Whether they are Primary or Secondary depends on which IDE channel of the motherboard they are connected to...the Primary IDE channel connector is usually blue.

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okay cool thanks. ill take a look at this more in depth and post back with some clarifications :whistling:
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