What do I do with the jumpers on disc drive?

November 28, 2010 at 21:40:06
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Pentium 4 1.80 GHz / 1.250 GB
I have two disc drives, one burns CDs and DVDs and the other one just plays them. Do I put one as master and the other as slave? I'm asking 'cause one of the drives stopped working some time ago and I used that disc drive's jumper for something else so I don't know how they were before.

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November 28, 2010 at 22:30:11
Well when your computer starts go into setup and see if the one remaining one is listed as master or slave.

Or since your already into your computer you could pull it and see how the jumper is set....if master then the second one will be slave..... or you could of set both up as cable select?????

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November 29, 2010 at 02:55:19
Master & slave or master & cable select or cable select & slave. Pull the drive out and read some instructions on top of the drive.

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November 29, 2010 at 05:20:55
If possible, don't put the two optical drives on the same cable/channel. Put the reader on the same cable/channel as the HDD & jumper it as slave. Put the burner on the 2ndary channel & jumper it as master. If you insist on putting them on the same cable, make the burner the master & the reader the slave.

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November 29, 2010 at 07:04:51
If you use good lighting, you can usually see what position the jumper is set to at the back of the drive - e.g. M, S, C or CS, for Master, Slave, Cable Select. That may be merely etched into the plastic rather than printed in ink.

Either one should be set to Master, the other to Slave, or both should be set to Cable Select.

It makes absolutely no difference which is set to which of those, or whether there is another drive on the same data cable, or an IDE hard drive on the same data cable, or which IDE header you connect to, unless you have an extremely old main chipset . The cpu accesses the drives one at a time - each drive is able to achieve it's own maximum speed .

It's NOT recommended you set one drive to Cable Select, the other to Master or Slave on the same data cable, because some combinations work, some DO NOT.

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