New harddrive installation - primary drive not found
Posted on 2004-11-17
My old hard drive (on a dell Dimenson 2400) died and I had to replace the harddrive.
I have opted to install two harddrives in the new PC - the first I installed is a Samsung SATA 160GB harddrive using a Serial ATA card.
In addition I have also installed a Maxtor 120GB ATA IDE harddrive.
I want to use the SATA as the primary harddrive and the ATA as the slave.
Oddly the only configuration that I can find that works is when the ATA drive has the jumpers on the "master" position. There are currently no jumpers on the SATA drive.
The problem I have is that when I boot up:
(A) It takes an age to get through the BIOS
(B) More importantly I get the error "primary drive 1 not found". It then locates the SATA drive but stops that this point until I press F1. Once I do press F1 the system boots up on the SATA drive and the ATA drive is recognised and available
How can I get the PC to boot up without having to press F1 and what is causing the slow BIOS check at the start?