xp deleting files from 2nd sata hdd on startup

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MtnSassafras

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how do I setup 2nd(old)hdd on xp NOT to boot. When I connect 2nd hdd, xp starts deleting files on startup. What's up with that?
 
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Can you explain what you mean? How do you know it is deleting files? What files?

The boot drive should be specified in BIOS and then no other drive will boot.
 

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files on the old hdd. on start up , automatically starts chkdsk on the 2nd hdd, says to "press any key" to cancel, but it does not work. I think it is deleting the file then formatting the hdd. As I have researched, I wondering if it is connected with RAID on xp. Is that possible? If so,hw can I get around that?

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Chkdsk would only delete files if they were too corruopted to be recovered. They would have been useless, anyway. Chkdsk is not capable of formatting drives.

It sounds like the drive os defective and failing.
 

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O. I let the chkdsk just run. Now all I see on the 2nd hdd is ntdetect.com and ntldr (222,386 bytes). My guess is that my files are in the ntlr, but how do I access them?

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Ntldr is just the NT loader. It is a file and has nothing inside.

Test the drive. It may be about to fail completely.
 
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