CowboySlim wrote: I think that the advice to jumper the faster of the two on the same IDE channel the master and the slower the slave was true in the past. However, for any drive purchased in the last year, or so, I don't think that it makes a difference. But that is in respect to overall data transfer speed.
This was never true, per se, and nothing has changed in this regard in the last year or so. The reason that this view has been mistakenly adopted is because the hard drive always boots from the C: drive, which is normally recognized by the BIOS as the master on the primary channel. As such, it makes sense to have the fastest drive as the boot drive, which in this case would be the primary master. As blakerwry stated, there is no inherent difference in the speed capability of master or slave. In the ATA standards the master is usually just "drive 0" and the slave "drive 1".
If you want to make your HDD a slave, it's best to go into your BIOS and reconfigure your boot sequence from the default.
Older motherboard BIOS'es won't boot hard drives from motherboard IDE connections unless they are set as primary master. Newer motherboard BIOS'es may offer an option to change the drive location of the boot (C:) drive. If the choice is made to boot from a separate RAID or other supplementary IDE controller with a separate BIOS, there frequently is an option in that BIOS for the boot drive (still C:) to be either a master or a slave drive on either a primary or secondary channel of the additional controller.
Edited for improved accuracy.