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Now that my cmptr is working, i have two hard drives a primary and a slave, but the question is do i have to put the operation system on the slave drive as well as the primary and because what i did is copied all the files (well, i think) to the slave drive shouldnt that work doing it that way as well.

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    jlfw65 Feb 18, 2009

    ok, thank you so much i will format it and get it all off of there, but now i am confused just a little so like if i have a bunch bunch of music from my cds and stuff like that how does it work, because i want to put my games i play and music and other stuff like that on there but it will know how to pull it off of there right and it wont move to the primary when i do this...this part i really know nothing about and i am learning best i can but i am mostly confused

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    jlfw65 Feb 18, 2009

    thank you, will do and so basicly i can make all the lil folders i want to store stuff in on that drive to keep my primary free of clutter...pretty cool thank you for all your help

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    jlfw65 Feb 19, 2009

    ok my next problem with this computer is my usb ports dont seem to work...what do i need to do to get them to work...doesnt show up on panel (meaning going to my computer) like it isnt there and i did plug in the cord for it but there are two places to plug it into dont know if it really matters which one it really needs to be plugged into though

  • Ryan Wendell May 11, 2010


    I am having a hard time trying to imagine why you would do this.

    Why do you want to copy your installed operating system to your slave drive? Do you want to dual boot? If so their is a way easier way to do this.

    Explain more please and I will be glad to help.

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Ok well...

We all have to start some were right? So lets say you have a cd and you want to rip that cd and put it on your slave drive.(rip is the tech term from taking the music off the disk and on to your computer)

Just put the cd into your computer and use something like windows media player (once you put the cd into your pc it should open a box with options and one should but rip) but it may or may not ask where to put the music you rip. Most likely it will be in My Music folder. Just mess around with it its quite easy.

If you already have the files on your first hard drive and you would like to move your music to your second drive. Just cut and paste all the music you want from the first drive to the second. Dont copy and paste because it will just make a copy and then you will have 2 copys of the song which could really get annoying if you have alot of music.

If you have any more questions feel free to ask me I am more than happy to help.

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    Hey no problem at all. I am always happy to help someone in need. If you have any questions regarding will anything feel free to ask me. Like I said i am glad to help.

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No the C: drive is the only drive you put an operating system.
If A secondary drive slave drive has all your old files on it and you want it empty as extra space

Simply open my computer right click on the secondary drive D: or whatever letter it was assigned a menu will open and select format a box will open you can do a quick format and all old information will be lost and you can use it as backup space...

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You only need an operating system on your primary you are wasting space on you slave drive

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  • Stan Moffett Feb 18, 2009

    just use it for a storage drive and just redirect your music programs and other programs to run the stuff you have stored there

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    front or back


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1. No you do not put the operating system on the slave drive. It will just appear as an empty drive that you can store data on.
2. No, just copying all the files over will not make the slave drive a bootable windows drive unless you use a special program that actually clones the drive. Yes, all the files will be there but it doesn't have the master boot record which tells the computer how to boot the drive; in other words the drive would not be bootable.

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