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- Martin C
January 13, 2007, 7:09 pm
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and my motherboard with it. I have now replaced the PSU and motherboard
(ASUS A8N-SLI Premium).
Fortunately, I had my OS and Apps on a SATA drive, which was not affected by
the PSU dying.
I have borrowed an old 20GB IDE drive to act as a second backup drive until
such time as a buy a new larger drive for this usage. I will start making
external DVD backups as well.
The problem I have is this:
I am able to boot into XP using the single SATA drive with no problems at
all. If I connect up the IDE drive as well, then I have problems getting
past the initial Win XP logo screen (the one before the welcome screen). It
starts reading the SATA drive, then hangs forever with no disk access. If I
power down and disconnect the power to the IDE drive and try again, I get
into Windows no problem.
I currently have only the one IDE cable connected to the motherboard with my
DVD RW on the master and the 20GB IDE drive on the slave. The drive is set
up for cable select. I have no cable connected to the motherboards IDE 2
I know that the 20GB drive works because the first time I booted up with it
connected, I was able to get into Windows and was able to back up what I
wanted to the IDE drive with no problems. After powering down, all the
problems above started. Both drives and DVD are recognised correctly by the
The question is therefore:
Have I done something wrong with the drive setups?
Should I have the IDE HDD as the master and the DVD as the slave?
Should I have the IDE HDD on IDE Cable 2 (from the motherboard) as master
and the DVD on IDE Cable 1 as master?
Or will none of this make any difference?
I could try out all the combinations and see how I get on, but I am not keen
on having to do hard resets all the time and wanted to seek advice first.
Thanks for any help you can provide.
Re: Will this HDD setup of SATA and IDE cause a problem?
Maybe, they can die prematurely later when over voltaged.
Best image it while you can.
Likely, how did you 'back up what I wanted to the IDE drive with no problems' ?
If you arent careful, XP can get royally confused about drive IDs and that
will produce the symptoms you are getting with both drives connected.
Doesnt matter as far as the symptoms you are getting are concerned.
Yes, it wont make any difference.
I'd start over. Boot a clearhdd floppy with just the IDE drive plugged
in and wipe that using clearhdd. Then see if the system will boot the
sata with it plugged in and the IDE plugged in. If it will, you managed
to confuse XP with what you did backing up to the IDE initially. Bit
dangerous tho because the sata may die while the IDE is wiped.
It'd be safer to try with another IDE if you can find one.