Mixing Drives


Mickey Mouse

Disk 1
C: Drive (400gig) is partitioned c: Partition Basic NTFS Healthy(system)
D: Partition Basic NTFS Healthy
The Actual drive is a Western Digital WDC WD4000KD-00NAB0 Sata I think

Right clicking the D: Drive in computer management gives me the option to
make it (Active), should I?

Disk 0
E: Drive (200gig) is partitioned E: Partition Basic ntfs Healthy
This Drive came from my old P4 system also Western Digital WDC
WD2000JB-00GVA0 and is connected
via a seperate cable and mobo socket.

Is it ok to have these two drives on this system or should E: Drive be also,
What is meant by active?

The reason for this post is that the system sometimes freezes on the Welcome
Screen on boot-up.


< Processor >
Model: 1x Dual Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor
Speed: 1.81GHz
Model Number: 2914 (estimated)
Performance Rating: PR5428 (estimated)
Cores per Processor: 2 Unit(s)
Threads per Core: 1 Unit(s)
Type: Dual-Core
Internal Data Cache: 2x 64kB Synchronous, Write-Back, 2-way
64 byte line size
L2 On-board Cache: 2x 1MB ECC Synchronous, Write-Back,
set, 64 byte line size

< Mainboard >
Bus(es): AGP PCI USB i2c/SMBus
MP Support: 2 Processor(s)
System BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. F7
Mainboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. nForce
Total Memory: 2GB DDR-SDRAM

< Chipset 1 >
Model: Nvidia Corp nforce3 CPU to PCI Bridge
Front Side Bus Speed: 2x 804MHz (1608MHz data rate)

< Chipset 2 >
Model: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Athlon 64 /
Opteron HyperTransport Technology
Front Side Bus Speed: 2x 804MHz (1608MHz data rate)
Total Memory: 2GB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Bus Speed: 2x 201MHz (402MHz data rate)


Actually C: should be listed as disk 0 not 1.Usually this and other
problems arise
from having other hds connected when xp is installed,or not having the other
partitions in the "raw" configuration.Once xp is installed,then format the


XP will work fine with the drives the way they are. Your boot drive should
be the only one you have set as active. Disk 1 Drive C: in your case.
Mixing SATA and PATA is fine there are no known problems that I know of.

The freeze on the welcome screen isnt caused by mixing drives. Start by
suspecting sofware confilict. Disable startup items via msconfig. Go to
start | run | type msconfig goto startup tab and disable all items. Reboot
and see if the freeze is still there. If is gone you know one of the
programs is causing the problem. Re-enable them one or two at a time untill
you find the problem.

Have a look in computer management, event viewer and see if there are any
errors or warnings that point in the right direction. Repost with the

How to use Event Viewer

If the freeze is still there look for hardware problem. Open control panel,
system, hardware tab and see if there are any red or yellow marks in device

Mickey Mouse

Problems solved! Thanks. I disconected my second Drive, Reformatted and
reinstalled my first drive and that made it drive 0 then connected and
formatted my second drive which made it drive 1. Also, the screen freeze
turned out to be NORTON GO BACK (PROCESS OF ELIMINATION) Seems it has issues
with XP.


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