Re: utilizing second hard drive
> my system has two hard drives. is it possible to improve performance by
> utilizing second (D) drive. there are times when the (C) drives seems to be
> working overtime what with all the background features in Vista. I'm not a
> techie, so would appreciate if somebody could explain what I need to do.. I
> do know that they are set up as master/slave.
Well it gets complex sometimes.
Master / Slave implies they are connected to the same IDE bus. There are
usually two IDE buses, and the ideal situation is to spread the load
since however many drives are on the bus the speed of the bus is the
limiting factor. To copy from hard drive to hard drive your best speed
would likely be to have them on separate buses, to copy from CD to hard
drive then you would want them on separate buses, but unless you are
doing a lot of that then the master / slave configuration doesn't matter
Where it might help is if you wanted to use the one drive for your swap
file or virtual memory. However you may get an even better improvement
by adding more real memory. What does your system have?