3.4.1 Source CD-ROM Device

The correct CD-ROM device name depends on whether the drive is an IDE or SATA device. If your system uses IDE, the following device names are possible:

Device Name Description
/dev/hda Master Device on First IDE Controller
/dev/hdb Slave Device on First IDE Controller
/dev/hdc Master Device on Second IDE Controller
/dev/hdd Slave Device on Second IDE Controller

Among the above, /dev/hda is not likely to be your CD-ROM device unless you are using a modern laptop. A more likely possibility is /dev/hdc. /dev/hda normally is the device name of your hard disk, but a modern computer will use SATA for the hard drive and many of those have IDE CD-ROM drive.

If your system uses SATA (Serial ATA), use this table:

Device Name Description
/dev/scd0 First SATA CD-ROM Device
/dev/scd1 Second SATA CD-ROM Device
/dev/scd2 Third SATA CD-ROM Device
/dev/scd3 Fourth SATA CD-ROM Device

Usually the SATA CD-ROM device will be /dev/scd0.