General discussion

confused - primary vs secondary, master vs slave

hi i have a few drives in my pc. which do i setup as primary, secondary, master and slave. here is a list of the drives:
1. c drive, 200gb, ide, internal
2. d drive, dvd writer, ide, internal
3. e drive, 1000gb, sata, internal
4. f drive, 160gb, usb, external
5. g drive, 1000gb, usb, external

Discussion is locked
Reply to: confused - primary vs secondary, master vs slave
PLEASE NOTE: Do not post advertisements, offensive materials, profanity, or personal attacks. Please remember to be considerate of other members. If you are new to the CNET Forums, please read our CNET Forums FAQ. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Reporting: confused - primary vs secondary, master vs slave
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
- Collapse -
setup the system by...

1) I would setup the system by having your largest drive as the Primary, followed by the 200GB as the Secondary (your computer will run faster with the larger of the2 drives being the Primary).

2) DVD drive doesn't need a designation, as it's not a 'hard drive'.

3) Your external drives also don't need a designation (primary/ secondary, master/ slave).

I'm thinking that you saw all these drives listed in your BIOS and that's why your confused, your BIOS will always list all drives (hard drives, DVD-ROM's, etc) that are connected to your computer. other than #1, I would not be concerned.


- Collapse -

tq for ur prompt reply n info.

for your 1st point, what about master and slave setting?

also if i add any more internal drives are they all secondary?

sorry but i am just a bit confused about what each of these terms mean.

- Collapse -
- Collapse -
It depends on IDE or SATA, and more . . .

IDE - The motherboard will have (probably) two long connectors called IDE connectors. These connectors are called primary and secondary. Each IDE connector can have two drives, be they hard or optical if connected using one flat cable. If using one connector for hard drives, they will be designated master (boot drive) and secondary (slave), or you could put an optical drive there as slave.

The secondary connector can connect two drives, hard or optical, and if on one cable, they will be master and slave, but neither will boot as the system looks to the primary connector for the boot drive.

Each flat cable will have three connectors. One goes to the motherboard. The other two connect to drives with the end connector connecting to the master drive. The middle connector connects to the slave drive.

SATA - different type of connector. SATA drives need extra software on the boot drive to provide the SATA drivers. Can be used as the boot drive or for other drives, hard or optical.

CNET Forums