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System won't recognize 2nd hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by KK1962, Jan 20, 2002.

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  1. KK1962

    KK1962 Thread Starter

    Jan 20, 2002
    I have a dual boot system with an older hardrive 3.2G with WIN 95 on it as the Primary IDE master and a new 40g hard drive with WIN 2000 Professional on it (Secondary IDE Master.) I used NTFS on the 2000 and FAT 32 is on the old one. There wasn't any problem until I upgraded the 95 to 98SE so I could network this pc to another one I have running WIN XP. Now when I boot the dual boot pc the new hardrive doesn't show up during the POST and when I get to the message for which OS to use...if I select 2000 it says WIN 2000 could not start because of a computer diskhardware configuration problem. If I select win 98 that OS will load up no problem. The 2nd hard drive is listed in the BIOS. So myquestion is what happened? How come now the system won't recgnize the 2nd hard drive ? It was ok when it was 95 and 2000.
  2. brianF


    Dec 2, 1999
    When you installed win98 you overwrote the bootloader files for 2k.

    They are always stored on the C drive, once a dual boot is established any upgrade to the c drive os will damage the bootloader files.

    See this article, it has to do with winme but running the recovery console should be the correct way to correct the problem.

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