Originally Posted by Keyoke
I currently have a slave drive on a IDE, with my master being Sata.
First, do I lose performance with a slave drive? I am thinking of swapping out the IDE, and replacing it with a bigger (500 GB) SATA drive. Basically, I want this slave (second) drive to be used for games. I rather keep the main drive clean, and it is smaller.
Would I lose performance by using the second drive for games? Or best to stay on the master?
Hold on a second here, you have me confused. I am assuming you have a CD/DVD drive as your IDE master and the other HDD drive as the slave on the same cable? If thats what you mean then yes, you will suffer a performance hit, BUT its really not by that much, but its noticeable if your slave drive has a small cache (8MB or less) and you already tried using your SATA drive to put your games on, you should be able to tell that its slower by how long it takes to install games and load games.
SATA is one drive per cable, and each one on a SATA connection is Master. So if you put the IDE HDD on the cable as Master, then your CD/DVD as slave then it will still be as fast as it has always been.
Or if you have 2 IDE headers on your board then you can put your CD/DVD as master on one and the HDD as master on the other. That way you can be sure you will get max performance from all your drives.
If that don't make sense just ask questions. Someone can explain it better than I can.