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    Failure to recognise drive

    When I start my computer cold, it recognizes my A drive and all the partitions in my two hard drives but it doesn't recognize either my Zip drive (G) or my CD-ROM drive (H). Those two drives don't appear in the My Computer window. After I restart the computer, it recognizes all my drives and I can access them.

    Whenever I restart it always recognizes all the drives. But when I cold start it fails to recognize the G or H drives.

    What is going on? How can I correct this bizarre behavior?

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    Re: Failure to recognise drive

    What make and model of pc do you have and is the version of 2000 an upgrade? sounds like you may need a bios upgrade

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    Re: Failure to recognise drive

    I have a Micron Millennia desktop running a Pentium II at 350 MHz under a clean install of Win2000Pro, SP 2. I installed an Award Modular BIOS v. 4.51PG about 4 months ago when I upgraded to a 60 GHz hard drive. I'd be surprised if I needed another upgrade.

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    Re: Failure to recognise drive

    First of all, when you turn on your computer and boot to BIOS, do you see your CD-ROM and ZIP drive? Does the information about both your hard drives appear correctly?

    Which interface has your ZIP drive? Presuming you have IDE hard disks and CD-ROM, check jumper settings on all of them. I would recommend following jumper settings: master or standalone (if your ZIP drive is non-IDE) on your first hard drive (and slave on ZIP, if it is IDE) on the primary controller; master on CD-ROM and slave on second hard drive on the secondary controller. Sometimes Cable Select (CS) settings can cause a problem.

    Once I saw similar problem and the cause was defected motherboard (IDE controller). If your CD-ROM is on secondary controller, try to change it to primary slave, and set second hard drive as secondary master - it can solve your problem.

    I hope it will help you.

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    Re: Failure to recognise drive

    I appreciate your advice, but you lost me in your first sentence. What do you mean by "boot to BIOS? I know what BIOS is but how do I boot to it?

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