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    Hard drive problem?

    I have two hard drives. A couple of times as I was saving data, I got the "write error" and the system froze. Now, intermittently when my system boots, it can't locate either drive. It won't even go into the boot disk first. It looks for the primary, secondary drive (I have to hit ESC) and then goes to the boot disk. When it does this, it won't recognize any hard drives. I went into the BIOS setup and noticed that the drives were not set. I switched it to "User" and it recognized the drives. The system booted up and worked fine for a day or so. The problem comes back. Sometimes in the setup "Auto" will recognize the drives, sometimes it won't. I have to reboot a few times and then it comes up. I ran the disk utility and the primary drive is fine. The secondary has problems. It used to be my primary, but had some bad clusters. I am not sure if this is a hard drive issue or a BIOS/CMOS problem. I had the primary (IBM Deskstar) put in about 3 months ago. Everything has been working fine until a week ago. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    How's the rest of your BIOS settings? It could just be your CMOS battery starting to get flaky if you're losing settings.
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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    You might also check to see if one or both of the IDE cables have come a little bit loose. Or one of 'em could be bad. A bad cable can cause the BIOS not to "see" a drive. The erratic nature of your description could point to looseness.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    Thanks for the reply. I disconnected the slave drive which had some problems. It seems that the system boots up fine, now. I reconnected it, and got the same problems. The rest of the BIOS settings seem fine. I will run it a few days and see if I run into any other problems.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    Thanks for the reply. I disconnected the slave drive which had some problems. It seems that the system boots up fine, now. I reconnected it, and got the same problems. The rest of the BIOS settings seem fine. I will run it a few days and see if I run into any other problems.

    I do have another question related to this.

    My slave drive came with my PC. The OEM was Tiny. There was a Tiny splash screen when I logged on. When I put in a new drive, the company that did it, put on their version of Win ME. Thus I was not getting any Tiny logos during the logon process. There was nothing on my system still related to Tiny. When this hard drive problem started, I started to getting the Tiny logo again. It almost seemed like the system was trying to boot from the second drive first (which it shouldn't have because the settings were not that way). In any case, I disabled the second drive, but am still getting teh splash screen. I looked for the logo*.sys files and can only find the shut screen down file (logos.sys). Where can I find the other files so that I can get rid of the Tiny splash and the Win ME splash, too? Why would the Tiny logo all of a sudden show up?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    Did you check to make sure you moved the MasterSlave jumpers on the back of the former master drive to the slave position?
    Also check to see if the jumpers are intact and firmly in place.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    Will check it out when I get home. It has worked fine for about 3 months. If the settings were wrong, wouldn't I have experienced some signs earlier? BTW, I always appreciate the assitance I get through this site.

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    Re: Hard drive problem?

    Check if they are intact, not loose (intermittant) or missing (fell off). Those little spring clips IN the jumpers are not exactly the best in he world. I've seen the metal clips missing and just the plastic housings left. To casually look at them, they appear to be fine but they don't have any conductive material in them anymore. <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

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