Why are my IDE drives seen by Device manager as SCSI drives-Delayed Write Failure?
Posted on 2004-10-23
Hello, I recently installed a Western Digital 250GB hard drive. I now have 4 hard drives (sizes 20, 40, 160 and 250GB) and 2 CD/DVD roms along with my floppy A drive. The 20 and 250 are connected to an adapter card (PCI) which came with the 160GB drive and the other 4 drives are connected as normal to the motherboard. My problem is that I've been getting a "Delayed Write Failed" message for the 250 drive - for some reason windows wants to use this drive for temp files to install updates to the OS and IE6 and it keeps giving this message (If you know how to fix this problem too, that would be great). (Windows XP Home, 512MB ram, Pentium III, 930MHz)
I looked around on here for some solutions to that, and in the process discovered that in the Device manager that the 20 and 250 drives on the PCI adapter card are listed as SCSI devices, which totally blows my mind because everything I have is IDE. I wasnt sure how to know the Physical difference between SCSI and IDE but I just found a post that confirmed for me that SCSI cables and IDE cables are different and not interchangeable. All of my cables have the standard number of holes (two rows of 40 i think) and FIT the drives so there can't be some kind of mix up - as in an ide cable connected to a scsi drive, or vice versa.
I'd like to get rid of the Delayed Write failed error message, (or get windows to try and install updates using temp files on a different drive) and figure out whats going on with those two hard drives and how to get them back to IDE status.