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Added 2nd hard disk problem

when i added a 2nd hard disk of 80gb as a primary slave (the primary master is of 60gb)on my P4 pc it is starting very slow my windows 98se. It is staying for about 3mins on Verifying Pool Data and another 5mins on the Windows98 startup screen. It is as if it is doing something on the 2nd hard disk (80gb) because the hard disk LED is always on at startup.
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Take the 2nd hard drive off the first IDE cable, set the jumpers to slave, and set it up on the 2nd IDE cable as the slave
I would suggest setting it up as master on the secondary IDE.  Make sure the jumper is set for Master before doing this.
> I would suggest setting it up as master on the secondary
> IDE.  Make sure the jumper is set for Master before
> doing this.

Also, make sure that your CD drive is set up as the secondary slave or cable select when you do this!
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Kyle SchroederEndpoint EngineerCommented:
Does the BIOS recognize the drive correctly as an 80GB?  Are there any partitions defined?  Assuming so, can you access them?  If you didn't use the utilities that came with the drive to partition it, you may need an update for FDISK that comes with Win98 to partition such a large drive (Win98 Fdisk has some problems with drives over 64GB).  Actually, be sure to run Windows update and download the "Large IDE Disk Update" or something to that effect, also get all the other Critical and Recommended updates.

Some manufacturers drives need the master drive jumpers changed when you add a second drive - ie they have Master Only or Master with Slave Present. This is not always particularly clear on the documentation.
It could just be a bad disk.  Have you tried doing anything with the new drive as the only hard drive?  If you have any disk utilites or diags you should be able to exercise the drive in that arrangement to see if there are any problems encountered.

Good Luck.
This would appear to be a toss-up but I believe dogztar gave the first, most useful info.

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