posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 01:03 PM
Toadmund, the computer will recognize BOTH the drives as master, but on SEPERATE IDE channels, just like the cd/dvd-rom drives on one IDE channel, you
have one cd drive as a master and the other as a slave, just like multiple harddrives,you have one that is a master and the other is the slave, but in
the case of ATA and SATA drives together your ATA drive will be a master on IDE channel 1 (usually) and the SATA drive will be a Master on the SATA
IDE channel 1, that's what is nice about multiple SATA drives they are all on their own IDE channel recognized as "Masters" to the system not the
typical master/slave as with the ATA drives, no jumper settings needed, just plug and play.
See, what happens with the master/slave drives is they share the same cable, so only one drive can talk to the comp at a time, transfer times between
the drives is very slow because of this, that is why they always have the harddrives and cd/dvd drives seperated from each other, for instance if you
had your HD and CD-ROM drives on the same cable and you are listening to music on your cd-rom drive and moving files within your HD, you will more
than likely have choppy music playback and slow file transfers because both the drives are trying to communicate on the same cable at the same time
which cannot be done.
Any way I hope this helps, sorry to make it so long of a read, let me know if this is hard to understand and I will try and sum it up different.