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#1 Carda

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 09:25 AM

Hi

In my desktop, 7 years old Dell dimension 3000 there are 2 dvd drives.

One is the "primary" one, I mean the one I use when booting from a live dvd. The other is a DVD player & burner.

Recently the "primary" one has been acting up, most of the times recognizing dvds, sometimes not. Often with the same dvd. The other one is more reliable, can always open dvds while in windows, so I was thinking in swapping the roles, and make the DVD player & burner as the "primary" one, that I can use to boot live dvd from.

How can I do it? Are there switches on the hardware, as on HDs to make one master, or there is another way?

Thanks

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:28 AM

Hi :welcome: to BC,

 

You can start by checking the BIOS in some of them you can set the drive order making easy to choose the first drive DVD drive used on boot, on a screen similar to this one:

 

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The second group of options can be used to set the order of the devices foe each category, in your case only the CD-ROM need to be changed.

 

If the BIOS doesn't have this kind of options you need to change the drives Master/Slave settings if they are IDE by changing the drive positions on the IDE cable and eventually the jumper on the drives

 

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The first drive need to be set as Master and the other one as Slave. The Cable Select option will try to set the drive connected to the end of the cable as Master and the other one as Slave but this not always work... It's safer to install the drives on the correct positions and set manually the jumpers.

 


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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:32 AM

 For starters, have you tried cleaning that drive?  You can buy inexpensive cleaning discs at stores selling computers.  CD/DVD drives need for you to do that periodically.  It's possible to physically swap the drives, but I'm puzzled as to why you think that's necessary.  I have a computer with two CD/DVD drives that will boot from which ever drive I put a disc in.

 The physical act of swapping the drives (which again I'm not sure is necessary) can be done with a cable swap of the data cable(s), but details depend on whether the drives are IDE or SATA.  If the drive has actually gone bad, you'd be better off just replacing it if you're going to remove the covers and get to the drives.  They cost less than $20.

 

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Edited by wpgwpg, 14 June 2014 - 10:37 AM.

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:36 AM

Thanks a lot. I'll try the BIOS first (simpler), and if that doesnt work the second.

 

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:43 AM

 For starters, have you tried cleaning that drive?  You can buy inexpensive cleaning discs at stores selling computers.  CD/DVD drives need for you to do that periodically.  It's possible to physically swap the drives, but I'm puzzled as to why you think that's necessary.  I have a computer with two CD/DVD drives that will boot from which ever drive I put a disc in.

 The physical act of swapping the drives (which again I'm not sure is necessary) can be done with a cable swap of the data cable(s), but details depend on whether the drives are IDE or SATA.  If the drive has actually gone bad, you'd be better off just replacing it if you're going to remove the covers and get to the drives.  They cost less than $20.

 

Good luck.

The reason I want to swap is to be able to boot from the second drive. I have also considered getting a new one, of course, but the second drive is working well, and the "primary" one is still working, but temperamental. I dont want to find myself in the situation of trying to reinstall an image ( I use Clonezilla live cd ) and the drive going on strike on me refusing to boot the cd.

Thanks

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