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S Lowes

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Hi guys

I have two Hard Drives in my computer and when i go to log in, my desktop appears and the taskbar and then the computer just crashes when the taskbar comes up :cry: . But if i turn off the computer and unplug the second hard drive the computer loads up and works :o i currently have:

AMD Duron 1.6GHZ
768mb RAM
ATI Radeon 9200
Seagate 40gb Hard Drive (Main Hard Drive)
Maxtor 40gb Hard Drive (Second Hard Drive)
Windows XP Pro SP2

Anyone Got Any Ideas :-?
 
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Nothing was touched on the hard drive, it started to happen 2 days ago so i reinstalled XP and that cured it until this afternoon when it started playing up again.
 

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Possibly a faulty hard drive.

Do you how to use BIOS, and the system setup system?

If so, disable your second HDD and run a CheckDisk on it.
 

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I think the hard drives are fine.

I think the problem lies with MS Window's archaic DOS style assingment of drives (c: d: etc).

My guess is that some programme is trying to access a file on "C:" but can't because the drive refered to "C:" has changed.
 

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If nothing I'd suggest there is fault with the second hard drive.
Is that your highly researched, evaluated and tested final answer :?: The reason i ask is that anybody with the slightest fault find experience could determine that the 2nd hard drive appears to be the problem :kermit: ;)
 

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Hmmmmmm.. is it possible for you to put the second drive in another computer and see what happens?
That would greatly narrow down the source of the problem!
 

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Is that your highly researched, evaluated and tested final answer :?: The reason i ask is that anybody with the slightest fault find experience could determine that the 2nd hard drive appears to be the problem :kermit: ;)
:grin::lol:
 

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Another thought....Have you tried swapping the drives around? I just read in a computer hardware forum that some drives are incompatible
IE they will work one way but not the other.
I also read that it can, in some cases, take several months to occur.
 

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If the computer will get as far as loading windows, why would there be a problem with the hard drive bad enough to require removal?

I will repost what I said earlier.

"I think the hard drives are fine.

I think the problem lies with MS Window's archaic DOS style assingment of drives (c: d: etc).

My guess is that some programme is trying to access a file on "C:" but can't because the drive refered to "C:" has changed."
 
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You can change drive letters in Computer Management under Administrative Tools in Control Panel, Nick. ;)
 

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Make sure that one of the drives is not set to 'CS' ( Cable select) via the links on the back..much more relaible to use the Master /Slave arrangement.. Make sure that there is not a conflict with the DVD , DVDRW , etc that may be fitted to the computer , that will cause conflict ( have you looped the second drive using the same cable as the DVD/DVDRW uses, ie just plugged it in.. If you have a spare IDE socket on the mother board, plug in another IDE cable -just to the second Hard Drive.

I always try to arrange IDE1 = main Hard drive (C: master) + DVDRW
IDE2 = secondary hard drive (D: ) + DVD if fitted
Use Master/slave in that order...
 
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