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No. You cannot have a slave without a master, but a master does not have to have a slave. Depending on your motherboard, you can run 2 masters, 2 masters and 1 slave, or 2 masters and 2 slaves. It is important to remember that master and slave applies to a single drive cable and most motherboards more than a year old came with 2 IDE connectors on the motherboard, each supporting two drives.
Can you run 2 slaves drives and 1 master? I have a computer I'm working on that has only a 40gb hd, want to add as storage drives another 40 gb and an 80gb.. is that possible?
You can move it, but most of the program will not work because the registry will still be looking for all those file on C drive. It can be changed but it is usually not pain free. I usually recommending running the install (or repair option) - in most cases, the pointers to the new locations are set and all your special configurations and files are in tact.
Also once I have a slave drive is it possible to move the 'Program File' folder to the storage drive or does it HAVE to be on the 'C' drive with Windows? And is a 1586 processor okay to run multiple drives?
Edited by Kathyf, 24 July 2008 - 07:13 AM.
Yes - any time there is only 1 drive, it must be connected to the master end of the cable, and the jumper must be set to master or CS.
One of the masters can be on a cable by itself
No. The OS can be on any drive, as long as the BIOS knows how to find it.
and not have to have OS info on does it?
They should - as long as you have them positioned on the cable properly too.
If I put the jumper back to master on 80 and slave on the 40 both will work being cleaned?
Clean - to remove clutter by deleting temporary files with Disk Cleanup or 3 party tool
Wipe - to write random or a pattern of 1s and 0s to every sector of the disk many times to ensure any magnetic residual traces of previously saved data is irretrievable - this should be done before getting rid of old hard drives
Format - to prepare a drive for file storage (NOTE: this does not wipe or clean a previously formatted drive - it only marks all the space as free - previously saved data is still there and can be recovered, if not used much after formatting)
Yeah, they did that. I wish they didn't because with a single drive, CS or MA is fine - why add to the confusion? Oh well - it is somewhat moot as the move to all SATA marches on.
I will add that with western digital they often had another setting called "single" and you needed to use that instead of master if it was the only drive and sometimes if it was the only HARD drive... ie it didn't care about cd's or zips...
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