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Primary hard disk drive 1 not found on boot, works on reboot

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jamesacarter, Aug 15, 2007.

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  1. jamesacarter

    jamesacarter Thread Starter

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    I have been scouring Google for the last couple days looking for this, but I can not find a thing. I have a Dell Optiplex GX150 PIII 1 GHz, running windows 2000. I had a 20GB drive with my OS, and a 60GB drive for storage. Recently I upgraded to a 120GB drive for the OS, and kept the 60GB drive for storage. I had to re-install Windows 2000 on the 120GB drive, and everything worked fine.

    The next day, I started up the computer and I got the message "Primary hard disk drive 1 not found", and the drive was missing in windows. Ok...so I restart and get into the BIOS settings, and the drive is there, and all settings look ok (it's on AUTO, so it's picking it up). I exited and continued to boot up. No error message, and the drive showed up in windows. I thought the problem was solved, but then it happened again the next day. As far as I can tell, if the computer is powered off for more than a couple hours, the drive is not found, but will be found on a immediate restart every time without fail. Windows boots up just fine, but that drive is always missing unless I restart. I’ve done this kind of stuff before, and I know the jumper settings on the drives are ok. Any ideas?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Welcome.

    My first thoughts are that you may have a faulty drive?
     
  3. jamesacarter

    jamesacarter Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the welcome. It's possible, but it worked fine before I swapped the other drive out and I am almost certain I didn't do anything to damage it (I never even removed it from the case). I'll try running the tools I have to check the disk though, and see if I can uncover any problems.

    One thing I have been meaning to try is replacing the system battery. I don’t know if this could have anything to do with it, but it’s weird that it only happens after it’s been powered down for more than a few hours. I’m really just guessing though, I have a programming background so the hardware stuff is a little foreign to me. Thanks for the help, and thanks in advance for any additional help.
     
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