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My Win2000 Pro unable to detect my second drive...

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I'm running 2 hard drives (Primary Master + Primary Slave). When I use Win98, it able to detect my Primary Slave drive, but when I change to Win2000 Pro, it is unable to detect my Primary Slave. The strange thing is that it used to be able to detect it.

By the way, I'm interchanging the Primary Master drives to boot either Win98 or Win2000, my Primary Slave is just to hold my mp3 files and files that I can share with Win98/2000.

Even from the BIOS, I've set to auto detect the drive, but when it boots win2000, it says none... Can anyone help me?
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Top Expert 2004

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do you have tweakui? if so go to the my computer tab, and make sure there is a check mark next to the drive

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No, I don't have tweakui... It seems that Windows 2000 does not detect the drive at all... even from the BIOS...
But when I change my Primary Master drive to boot Win98, the BIOS is able to detect it...

Here's some info...

Primary Master Drive that boot win98 (4 partitions): X1, X2, X3, X4

Primary Master Drive that boot win2k (3 partitions): Y1, Y2, Y3

Primary Slave Drive that hold mp3s (4 partitions): Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4

When booting to Win98: My Computer shows:
Floppy (A:)
X1 (C:)
X2 (D:)
X3 (E:)
X4 (F:)
Z1 (G:)
Z2 (H:)
Z3 (I:)
Z4 (J:)
CDROM (K:)
CDRW (L:)

Last time when win2k still able to detect, My Computer shows:
Floppy (A:)
Y1 (C:)
Y2 (D:)
Y3 (E:)
CDROM (F:)
CDRW (G:)
Z1 (H:)
Z2 (I:)
Z3 (J:)
Z4 (K:)

Now, I'm not sure why it is unable to detect my Primary Slave drive...
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Top Expert 2007

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1) CHeck that the BIOS does indeed detect it properly. Without this, the drive may be dying or it could be  a flakey IDE controller.

If it works in win98, then make sure that you have the newest IDE/chipset drivers nd BIOS on your machine.

Also make sure you have SP2 installed and any relevant patches from windowsupdate.

I hope this helps !
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Listening

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SysExpert...

I have SP2 installed already...

How to have the newest IDE/chipset drivers?

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How do you switch the "primary master" drive when changing OS? I understand that you have two drives which you somehow physically mount/unmount, please give us details here.

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AvonWyss...

I'm using removable hard drive rack to interchange my "primary master" drive. What I don't understand is that my Win2k used to be able to detect my primary slave... but out of sudden, now it won't... But when I switch to Win 98, everything is fine... Is it necessary to update BIOS, IDE/chipset drivers ?

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By the way, I did not set any active partition on my primary slave becos it doesn't contain any OS.. Could this be the problem ? My win2k can't even detect the drive from the BIOS... it used to be able to... strange but true... sad but true indeed....
Top Expert 2004

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It should show up in the bios no matter what OS you choose at boot. the POST runs before any OS is loaded. check the cables, and jumper settings, check in device manager to see if your controllers are OK
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Top Expert 2007

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So it works fine in win98 but not in win2k ?
Check the Site of the motherboard to see if their are any updates for win2k, BIOS, IDE controller - whatever.
In the device manager, do you see any Yellow !, or Red X's ?

Are there any undefined or Other device folders ?

I hope this helps !
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Muffin, verify the jumper settings on all three drives, the 98, 2000 and slave to make sure they are jumpered correctly.

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dew_associates is right, especially the jumpers on the 2000 boot drive may be wrong.

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I have an identical problem, word for word.

I too have removable racks and 5 HDDs.

1 With w2k, 1 with win98Se, 3 with XP.

The problem slave HDD (with XP on it) is recognised when booted with primary masters with win98 and w2k but not when booted with XP.

The problem slave works fine when it is a primary master.

My guess is that it can't be hardware or jumpers - it just has to be some confguration stuffup within XP, maybe boot.ini or something else.

I could delete all the partitions and start again - but that doesnt solve the mystery.

I'll spend a little more time on it to figure it out.

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Problem solved!

After much experimatation I resorted to running Add New Hardware wizard as my last hope and one second later the missing drives appeared.

I think what happened is that windows XP sometimes detects an inserted HDD as a new device and requests a reboot. Sometimes I dont reboot as the drives appear in Explorer.

I haven't had a problem until now.

But it's easily fixed with Add New Hardware.

I reckon that this would have solved muffin's problem too as we both had identical situations.

I'm confident this is the correct answer too, but I came in here to solve my own problem which I now have solved thanks to this thread - helps to narrow down the possibilities.




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You're something else OZ!

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