[CentOS] Re: 5.1 Anaconda Install Error SOLVED

Kirk Bocek t004 at kbocek.com
Thu Jun 5 16:55:23 UTC 2008

William L. Maltby wrote:
> It's not truly any relationship like that. It's just (in the old days) a
> device ID selected on the cable by jumpers on the drive. The "control"
> is nothing more than the IDE controller selecting either "0" or "1"
> device ID for commands and data. The drive with the matching ID responds
> while the other ignores.
> In todays world, cable select might provide the ID assignment.
> I'm not sure how "master" and "slave" came to be used in this scenario,
> unless it had to do with BIOS boot processes back in the old days.

Well, right you are. Scroll down to "Master and Slave Clarification":


I had been laboring under the impression that the 'master' drive controlled 
both drives on a single cable. Now I've learned the truth just in time for 
SATA to take over. :)

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