IDE1 Master = HDA (HD boots Bianca, PCLinuxOS, or Win98SE[FAT32])
IDE1 Slave = HDB (HD boots Feisty or WinXP[NTFS])
IDE2 Master = DVD-RW (HDC)
IDE2 Slave = DVD-R (HDD)
USB External = CD-RW (SCD0)
I second that ... and my IDE setup looks the same. HDA and HDB are harddisks, HDC and HDD are DVD writers ...telic wrote:I've heard that it's not good to put a HD on the same IDE connector as a DVD/CD drive, because the HD data transfer rate will be throttled down to the top speed of its partner DVD/CD drive.
now what appears to be the problem is the lg reader... it reads TOO DAMN SLOW!
According to your decription above, the LG DVD-ROM is sharing its data bus with the HD, which can be a busy bee in a multitasking OS with virtual memory. The LG may spend time just waiting to get its turn to speak on IDE1.
Meanwhile, your Lite-On DVD-RW shares its data bus only with the CD-RW drive that's doing nothing.
Switch the DVD drives around, to see if the Lite-On on IDE1 is still the faster of the two. Run the same tests with both DVD drives on IDE2.
The top connector on the cable is for the master drive and the middle one is for the slave drive.
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