[SOLVED] Second Hard disk removal causing boot failure

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george2664

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Can someone please tell me why if I remove my second HDD , the system won't POST???

Drive has nothing on it ( I've even reformatted it to make sure )

It's a Quantum 20GB connected as primary slave ( E: )
Primary master is WD 80GB with two partitions ( C: & D: )

Secondary master is CDRW
No secondary slave

System runs fine & everything works flawlessly , including the HDD I want to remove so I can use it in another PC.

I've set primary slave to NONE in the BIOS ( which is the latest version ) , but it still won't POST without the HDD connected.

Gets to DETECTING IDE DRIVES... thinks for a while ,
detects drives correctly
thinks for a while , VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA ,
thinks for a while and then DISK BOOT FAILURE , INSERT SYSTEM DISK & PRESS ENTER

BIOS boot sequence is HDD0 , FDD

Reconnect drive & reboot - everything back to normal again!
Maybe it just doesn't want to leave!


Running WinME , Epox 8k3a , XP1800 , 256MB DDR2100
 
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Howdy there george2664...

That is indeed a very strange problem...

Just as a test verify that the WD 80 gig is set to Master not Cable Select, and plug it into the spot on the ribbon cable that you unplugged the Quantum 20 gig, and see if it will boot ( could be a bad ribbon cable )...
 

george2664

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Thanks - I'll have a look , but if the cable was dodgy you'd think the drive(s) wouldn't operate properly the rest of the time.

I'm fairly certain the primary is set at master not CS , but I'll pull out the drive this afternoon to check
 
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HMMMM...

Just thought of something that I've seen with the WD drives...

If moving it to a different spot on the cable doesn't work, try removing the jumper ( I think that this set's it as the only drive on the cable ), and plug the drive into the end (last) connector on the cable...
 
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