What Does Slave or Secondary Hard Drive Mean?
Generally, people are able to apply not only one internal hard disk on a single PC at one time. And the main hard disk, which often holds PC operating system, essential software and programs, is often called "Master drive", while the rest of the installed internal hard disks are often called "Slave drive". Moreover, in daily uses, if you do have used only two internal hard drives on a computer, the slave drive is also able to be called "the Secondary drive". Therefore, in such cases, no matter which name you prefers to adopt, they both do indicate the extra hard disk installed on your computer.
Some Common Issues about Secondary/Slave Hard Disk
In daily use, adding or using a secondary or slave hard disk on your PC is also not an easy task. Want to know why? People often meet different problems related to the installed secondary or slave drive. Really want to know more and learn to fix some common issues about such added secondary or slave hard disk on your own? OK! Here are some common related issues that you can read and learn how to fix:
Situation1: Slave Drive Is Not Detected on Your PC?
"Hello, my newly installed internal hard disk even cannot be recognized on my PC. What am I supposed to do? Honestly, I recently have purchased a new external hard disk and add it to my PC for saving data. However, after plunging it to my computer, I just cannot find it anywhere. Do you have any idea about this?"
Hello, friend! Are you sure this added new internal hard disk is really compatible with your computer? Honestly, in most cases, such undetected secondary or slave hard disk problems occur to people because of incorrect hard disk connections, damaged computer motherboard or incompatible hard disk issues, etc.
Hence, to remove this secondary/slave hard disk issue, you are supposed to check this hard disk step by step:
Step1. Reconnect this secondary hard disk with another USB cable, power supply or another motherboard connection port.
When you got faulty or loose connection, your computer often will detect no extra drive and shows it nowhere. Hence, it is necessary to check the connection state with your ways.
Step2. Disconnect this hard disk and go try it on another PC to see whether it has some problems, especially some physical damages.
In daily use, even when you do have bought your hard disk for a really short time, your hard disk also is able to be fake or corrupted and cannot be recognized well on your PC.
Step3. Go check whether this hard disk is really compatible with your PC.
The PC often can easily detect and read the compatible hard disk. However, as with the incompatible one, there is often no functional response. Therefore, go check the details of this newly bought hard disk and see whether it is workable under your computer Windows environment.
Situation2: Computer Cannot Be Boot up after Adding a Slave Drive?
"Hello, recently, in order to extend the memory of my Windows 7 desktop computer, I have added a 500GB WD internal hard disk to the motherboard and found the computer just cannot properly boot up after adding the slave drive well. Have I done something wrong while adding the secondary hard disk? I really don’t know much about this. Do you have any idea to fix this drive problem?"
OK! Friends! Many people have ever encountered similar computer booting issues after plugging a slave or secondary hard disk since they do have not correspondingly changed the first boot device in BIOS interface. Therefore, in your case, you are also supposed to check and reset your BIOS boot order step by step:
Step1. Power up your PC and press Del button as soon as possible
Step2. Highlight Advanced BIOS Features option when you come to BIOS Setup Utilities interface.
Step3. Move the internal hard disk that holds OS of your PC to the first line on the device list.
Step4. Reboot your PC to try again.
Generally, as long as you reset the BIOS boot sequence rightly, you often can boot your PC as usual. Hence, go check your BIOS boot order immediately.
Situation3: How to Wipe/Remove Secondary Hard Disk?
"I really don’t want to apply the added secondary hard disk on my PC any longer since it is damaged somehow due to long time use. So, I just wonder what I should do to remove this hard disk without extra troubles. Do you have any idea?"
Hello, it is really easy to remove this secondary or salve hard disk off from your PC. What you are supposed to do is only extract everything important to the backup drives and turn off your PC safely. And then, safely remove this hard disk off from your computer motherboards.
Moreover, one more thing, if this hard disk is set as the boot device, also remember to change the BIOS boot sequence as the first situation writes.