Hard drive changing it's characteristics w ea reboot!
Posted on 2004-04-05
WXP H w updates on Asus A7N8x Deluxe, 1-40, 1-60 G HD, 1 external enclosure w 120 G, Logitech mouse and keyboard, corded plus the usual stuff..
My first upgrade/mobo install, gradually getting it right but…learning curve too long for my current need!
I took an IBM DPTA13G from my older box, installed it in a removable tray on IDE2 w/ CDRW cuz I had forgotten what is on it and may use it.
So far it has reported as 38.63 healthy active partition with 23G unallocated, 6.1 G free space and 594.60 G unallocated ! LOL
Also as nothing but 38G partition, populates in device manager with only the 38 or not at all. At other times it vanishes. A real chameleon!
After first boot up with this HD in, an error showed something like ‘cannot (populate or similar) this device. This may happen if the device is a 1374…’didn’t get the rest.
Then changing its’ spots so to speak, it became ‘Not accessible. Request could not be performed because of an I/O device error’ and a few other errors, changing with each reboot.
Keyboard, mouse freeze as well as the whole thing spontaneously, no apparent consistent reason that I have caught.
Device manager reports no I/O conflicts or any other type in any of the views-no red or yellow flags.
Basically, it doesn’t want to be here… I think I remember it was primary w OS, probably XP but could be ME.
I want to see what is on the IBM to decide if I can wipe it and use it for another purpose.
I am on my way to learning about RAID, hoping to get my 2 60’s and 2 120’s on here in some kind of safety +storage config without loosing too much HD space. This box will be used for graphics and financial as well as site development.
I have learned waaay too much in this process, having started with accidentally cloning my OS over my ‘keeper’ partition on another drive, not currently installed…another story.
How do I access this drive to decide how to use it?
Is it incompatible with this system for some reason, age f ‘rinstance?
I will have other questions I’m sure as it is my nature. I’m not a newbie (since ‘95), not a whiz kid either and certainly not a kid by any stretch! Just a techie in an old skin and terminally curious.
This site is MOST welcome. I am impressed with the speed and level of service I had seen before signing up. Sure beats trying to figure out what the problem is so I can look in the right places online!