adding a cdrw to my computer

By pssheba
Feb 22, 2005
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  1. can anyone help me ?
    I have one hd + cdr on one ide belt.
    I want to add cdrw.
    I purchased another ide belt but i dont know where excactly to connect it on the motherboard (there are already 2 used connections: one for the floppy drives and one for the hd + cdr). Is it writen on the motherboard which is "primary", "secondar", "slave", "master" ? The truth is i dont excactly know what these terms mean. Can any one explain it to me ? what: "master", "primary", "secondary", "slave" mean and how i identify it ?
    I need that to know how to put the jumper on the disc.
    Thanks a lot.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Primary and secondary mean the IDE channels. Usually you have two of those and one has to number them somehow.

    You ought to have two connectors for IDE cables on your motherboard. If you don't then you have a very bad motherboard there and you can only put the CD writer in place of your CD-ROM. Unless you want to go and buy a separate IDE controller.

    Master and slave refer to the devices on one IDE cable. Quite literally one is the master device and the other is, well, slave.
  3. pssheba

    pssheba Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thanks a lot !

    :wave:
    Thank you very much ! Things are clearer now.
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