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Primary and Secondary IDE Channels

With reference to my problem of slow burning dvds, someone has suggested that I uninstall both the primary and secondary IDE channels. When you reboot it is supposed to reset everything. Did some searching on the internet regarding it and the pros and cons seem to be equal. Any opinions on doing that? It seems kind of scary to me.

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You could do it, dont think it will make any difference to you though, if you have a slow pc it can affect copy speed, adding more ram can also improve time if you have less than 256mb, also the program i use is have nero installed but use a program called DVD Shrink which is a free program if you search on google.com. and maybe try burning using faster dvd discs, usually about 15-20 mins to burn a dvd but depends on the speed of drive and discs. hope it helps John

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I'll assume each of these is an IDE device, meaning each has a wide connector versus a narrow SATA connector commonly found on newer hard drives.

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