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steve r Feb 06, 2003, 11:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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i cant seem to get my hard drive on a primary master does this matter or does it make a difference.


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Eclipsor Feb 06, 2003, 11:18pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
well. You system hard drive probably should be the primary master. But I mean if you set the computer to boot from which ever drive has the os then it dosn't really matter I guess. Have you checked the jumper settings on all your ide drives? including the cdroms and burners?

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ben wilson Feb 07, 2003, 12:41am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
just switch the cable end that goes to the motherboard to the other channel:)

steve r Feb 08, 2003, 12:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
could this be whats causing my read/write buffers to be different

ben wilson Feb 08, 2003, 01:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
i'm not exactly sure what kind of problem that is. are you getting and error when performing a certain task? How did you come to the conclusion that read/write buffers were different?

steve r Feb 09, 2003, 07:59pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
i ran a system test which checks all aspects of the system.the only thing that failed was the read write buffers for the hard drive and i also noticed that my hard drive was also a secondary master instead of the primary master and i was wondering if this was a related problem.or maybe there is an easy way to fix this.

brian pope Feb 09, 2003, 11:08pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
The harddrive with your OS on it should be setup as primary master, but nothing bad should happen if it isn't, since you can have any number of hardrives installed each with their own OS's installed, or you could be using a controller card as I do & I have no harddrives attached to the motherboards IDE connectors.

In your case as long as it's set as master you shouldn't have any problems whether it's primary or secondary makes no diff.

To make sure it does setup as primary master reverse the 2 cables on the motherboard & when you boot enter the bios & make sure auto detect is enabled, that should solve the problem.

Graeme Holmes Apr 28, 2003, 02:20am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
Western Digital drives need close checking when setting to master.
Master on a shared ide cable ----- set link to master
Master alone on ide cable ---------- fit no link at all.

Duncan Bladen Apr 30, 2003, 04:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: primary master or secondary master for hard drive
have to agree with graeme on the western digital hard drive jumpers they do need to be set correctly - if on ide1 by itself all w.d hard disks need to be set to neutral - this is what it tells u on w/d site !

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