Hard Drive problems

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framarton
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I have two HD's on IDE1 on my system, which has recently been reconfigured. One is a 250Gb Deskstar (master) and a slave Seagate, also 250Gb. Running P4 with a Matrox RT100, 1Gb memory with IDE2 having a 80Gb Deskstar and a DVD -RW. All was OK until the slave failed to be recognised and a NTLDR is missing message appeared at the bottom of the PCI listings screen, thereby failing to boot up. The suggestion of Ctrl+Alt+Del just taked me back to square one. Removing/checking the connections to it didn't solve the boot up problem, and on accasion the Master failed to be recognised. Any help would be appreciated.

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Alan Craven
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Is the slave on the Primary IDE channnel recognised when you boot? Take a look at the BIOS as you boot to see.

Some brands of hard disk, Western Digital is one, will not operate as a master if an expected slave is not detected - there is a different jumper setting for master with no slave.

If the connections are OK, it could be that your Seagate slave has failed.

framarton
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Yes the primary is recognised. All disks are rec and detected in the BIOS. I'm in the process of removing the Seagate and I'll test it in another machine. It is brand new and prior to installing it I did a test using an external caddy where it was shown as perfect.
I wondered if having two 250Gb drives on the same IDE cable is too much.

framarton
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Hard Disk Problem

I;ve found the problem with my system. The NTLDR message indicted that the Hard Disk Boot Priority was incorrect. How this happened I don't know, but by moving the boot up disk to the top of the list in BIOS, it seems to have cured the fault,

Thanks for the reply.