Cd drive/hard drive install
Posted 07 October 2008 - 07:27 AM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 08:13 AM
I guess that would be because pretty much every standard ATX case out there has the optical drive spaces physically located above the hard drive spaces.
If this is not on the right track, it may be that the BIOS should be configured to boot from the optical drive before the hard drive. This is because if ever the computer failed to start properly, and (for example) you wanted to run a repair from your Windows CD, then the CD drive would need to be checked first, otherwise it wouldn't boot from the CD.
Does either of those sound right?
Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:35 PM
Posted 07 October 2008 - 03:50 PM
In my Antec 900 case, I've installed the optical drive in the bottom location...under the hard drives...without problems. With my messy desk, however, this proved impractical and I moved it back to the top. It was kinda nice having the drive tray just above the desktop, but for those who have their computers sitting on the floor, the lower position would be equally impractical.
So, in a nut shell, cases are designed around human ergonomics and habits and it's those designs that determine optical drive placement. There are no mysterious forces in or around the machine, magnetic or otherwise, that dictate drive location.
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