I have a Dell Dimension 4600 with an SATA hard drive, a Samsung CD-ROM, and a Sony CD-RW. I have never had the case open, but I have copied information from the device manager below. I was hoping someone could help me with a few questions:
1) If I understand correctly, the Samsung drive is on the primary IDE channel and is running in DMA mode 5 and the Sony drive is on the secondary IDE channel and is running in DMA mode 2. Is this correct?
2) Since the Samsung drive is running in DMA mode 5, can I assume that the cable is an 80 conductor cable.
3) Why does Device 0 on the secondary IDE channel show that it is running in PIO mode when no device is attached?
Sorry for the newb questions. I'm going to replace the Samsung CD-ROM with either an NEC or Pioneer drive.
INFORMATION FROM DEVICE MANAGER
Samsung CD-Rom; Location 0(0)
Sony CD-RW; Location 1(1)
IDE ATA/ATAPI CONTROLLERS
PRIMARY IDE CHANNEL
Device 0; Transfer Mode: DMA if available; Current Transfer Mode: Ultra DMA mode 5
Device 1; Transfer Mode: DMA if available; current transfer mode: not applicable
SECONDARY IDE CHANNEL
Device 0; Transfer Mode: PIO only; Current Transfer Mode: PIO mode
Device 1; Transfer Mode: DMA if available; current transfer mode: Ultra DMA mode 2