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G. G. Aug 19, 2008, 11:15am EDT Report Abuse
hey all, gotta question......

back in the old days..... all we had was two ide controllers on the mb. the general rule back in the days was to keep hdd and slower devices like cdrom, dvd, zip, etc separated from being on the same channel as the hdds (so as to not slow down the fastest devices, i.e. hdds). So hence, hdds on one channel and all others on the other channel....

BUT.......

fast forward a few years..

now we have SATA to IDE converters and SATA optical drives.... for my next build, I am specifically looking at a Plextor PX-820SA - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249032

Since typically today, the mb contains ~6 primary sata connectors driven by the onboard chipset and then ~ couple of sata driven off by an off board chip away from the chipset....

If I were to get a sata dvd burner, do I need to keep it away from the primary sata driven by the chipset or does it even matter nowadays....?


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Mark Aug 19, 2008, 11:32am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
I believe that it does not matter at all. I have a SATA dvd burner and harddrive and both come up as "Master" of their own channel on the boot screen.

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Chris McNally Aug 19, 2008, 01:51pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
Don't believe it matters - it was only an issue with IDE because you were effectively daisy chaining two devices which worked at different speeds onto the same bus.

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G. G. Aug 19, 2008, 05:55pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
Chris McNally said:
Don't believe it matters - it was only an issue with IDE because you were effectively daisy chaining two devices which worked at different speeds onto the same bus.


thanks guys....


chris,

I hope it doesnt matter... but in any case..... for the time being... I have a couple of ide NEC 18X DL burners that I can toss on the lone ide connector... but maybe at a later date i'll have that sata burner and all will be good in the performance area.

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~Vel Aug 19, 2008, 06:56pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
I've got a DVD burner running on SATA as well as my only hard drive. Didn't place them in any specific ports and there's no problems with speed at all on my end.

mothow Aug 19, 2008, 07:05pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
I have two sata burners and 2 HD's all on sata ports with no problems at all

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angryhippy Aug 19, 2008, 08:54pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: IDE or SATA DVD Burners?
I have a SATA DVD Lightscribe Burner that I have run off of the Intel controller and the jmicron controller on this board. It worked fine either way. I now have the SATA burner and an IDE DVD ROM both running off the jmicron controller. Some of my older program CD's won't boot off the SATA drive which is why I run both.

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