Closed what is primary master and primary slave Tags: Storage Hard Drives Last response: August 30, 2013 10:13 AM in Storage Share Muneeb Ahsan August 30, 2013 9:50:03 AM Can please someone explain what's the difference between primary master and primary slave , secondary master and secondary slave. i really searched about these terms but can't find the exact answer. More about : primary master primary slave Best solution ss202sl a b G Storage August 30, 2013 10:00:59 AM Share These were on systems with IDE ports. Usually they had 2 IDE buses(primary and secondary). Each of the ports(buses) could have a master and slave IDE device. These wre usually HDD's and CD/DVD drives. maddogfargo a b G Storage August 30, 2013 10:13:10 AM ss202sl said:These were on systems with IDE ports. Usually they had 2 IDE buses(primary and secondary). Each of the ports(buses) could have a master and slave IDE device. These wre usually HDD's and CD/DVD drives. Also note, IDE devices have a jumper on the device that can be set to Master, Slave or Cable Select. You want to plug the Master device into the end of the cable... The Slave device into the middle of the cable. The IDE boot drive likes to be Master on the Primary channel. Some optical drives do not like to be slave devices, so put it as master on the secondary cable if possible. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources WHAT ARE PRIMARY&2ndary MASTER/SLAVE??? Forum SolvedReplace Primary Master Hard disk with Primary Slave Forum Can't boot with IDE primary master and primary slave hard drives attac Forum SATA as Primary IDE question (IDE master/slave vs SATA channels) Forum Primary/Secondary & Master/Slave with SATA ?? Forum primary slave or secendary master? Forum Can CD-ROM be the master and HD be the Slave on Primary IDE? Forum Primary master only detected as slave on IDE 1 port... Forum Second hard drive: primary slave or secondary master? Forum System running slow--PRIMARY & 2ndARY MASTER/SLAVE Forum Primary Master Slave Failure Forum PRIMARY VS SECONDRY:MASTER/SLAVE Forum What program to check HD when it has "Primary Master Hard .. Forum SolvedPrimary Slave Hard Disk Error Forum Can I install SAS 120mb as a slave with SATA 32mb as primary? Forum SolvedSlave Router with Primary Modem/Router Forum SolvedPrimary slave fails window xp Forum Primary and slave HD problems. Need Help Please! Forum XP not recognizing IDE Primary Slave Forum Xp primary slave drive failed Forum More resources Read discussions in other Storage categories Hard Drives DVD Drives DVD Writers Optical Media Flash Media NAS/RAID SSD Western Digital !