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- Not reading primary slave drive
August 26, 2007, 12:19 am
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Primary Master: Western Digital
Primary Slave: some other hard drive
Secondary Master: CD ROM
Secondary Slave: another hard drive
My WD drive has a major malfunction and needs formatted and Windows
reinstalled. Not feeling like doing it right now I replaced the WD with my
backup drive, a Maxtor that I had set up the same day I originally setup my
I have no problem with the above setup with the WD but my Maxtor will not
read the Primary Slave drive but it does read the Secondary Slave drive. I
disconnected the Secondary and it still will not read the Primary Slave.
Re: Not reading primary slave drive
Are the Maxtor and the slave both set as D:\? Maybe right-click "My
Computer", hit "Manage" and go to Disk Management to see. You won't be able
to change the letter for the Maxtor unless you put it in another Windows
machine to do so.
(Or put the WD back in if it's still operable, with the Maxtor as slave and,
in that disk management panel, remove the drive letter from the Maxtor.
Windows will call it C:\ if it doesn't have a letter when it boots from it
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