SATA Drives - Optimal Speed & Channel/Master/Slave

By Savage1701
Jun 23, 2008
  1. I am using an Asus P5W64 WS 975X board. It suggests that the boot drive be on one of the 2 master SATA ports (I am using IDE, not Intel Matrix Raid). My question is this: I have a second hard drive that I back up to, copy from the boot drive, etc. Some of these files are large video files. Am I better off having the second storage drive as the "slave" on the SAME IDE channel as my C: drive, or should the second storage drive be the "master" on the second IDE channel? Both run UDMA 6, PIO 4, SATA II, etc.

    Thanks for any help.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    You don't want it on the same channel, as that limits its use.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    IDE drives are not SATA. SATA does not have any master/slave relationship.

    But, ignoring that you said SATA most of the rest of your post makes sense.

    Leave the OS drive as is, put your backup drive on a different channel.
  4. Savage1701

    Savage1701 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 153

    Thanks for the replies. I appreciate your help.
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