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Windows 7: SATA II HDD - Does IDE Channel Master/Slave matter?

28 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
SATA II HDD - Does IDE Channel Master/Slave matter?


Basically all my HDD are SATA II, with one DVD-ROM drive on IDE. In BIOS, does it matter what IDE Channels or Master/Slave they are set to, or as long as the BIOS/OS Device Manager can detect it then everything is OK?


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28 Dec 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)


Welcome to Seven Forums.
Although it may appear dated, have a look at this article - How To Install and Troubleshoot Serial ATA (SATA) Hard Drives
Also have a look at this tutorial (credits to Seagate)

Hope this answers your query in some way

Take care and regards
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28 Dec 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit

It shouldn't matter. If you don't use CS (cable select) and jumper it as master or slave just make sure you plug it into the correct connector on the IDE cable.

I jumpered mine to CS and plugged it into the master end of the IDE cable. Its mounted in top most bay of my case. I did it this way so if I ever decide to add a second optical drive it will be as easy as possible.
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