New drive, XP lockups


G

Guest

Hi there,
I bought a new secondary hard drive, a Seagate 250Gig IDE to run as a slave
with my Western Digital 250gig. XP SP2 is loaded already on the WD master.
The Seagate is additional storage replacing another failed WD 200gig (not in
a RAID array, though). I tried running both drives as cable select and
master/slave configuration. My BIOS sees them both at full capacity all the
time. The trouble I am running into is that on the first boot into XP, the
Seagate is detected and I get a message that the pc has to be rebooted for
the new device to work. When I reboot, my pc posts correctly, and sees both
drives but the pc freezes at the XP splash screen with the HDD activity light
on solid.

I can wipe out the Seagate using Seagate's disk utitlity by starting a full
zero write and repeat the same procedure. The second time I tried this, I
chose not to reboot, I went into the Disk Management, and received the popup
to initialize the drive. I followed this, but I didn't choose to make it a
dynamic drive. My pc locked up shortly into the drive initialization with
the HDD light on solid.

By some miracle, I have managed not to corrupt my OS with all this
rebooting....

Any help would be immensly appreciated.

I am running:
ASUS A7v333
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Corsair pc2700 XMS series 512MB
WD 200G 7200RPM 8MB cache as master
Seagate 250G 7200 RPM 8MB cache as slave
 
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G

Guest

I forgot to mention that for testing purposes, I created a partition and
Ghosted my XP boot partition from the WD to the Seagate, took the WD out of
the loop and booted with the Seagate alone. XP loaded just fine, with no
lockups, as does the WD when it is by itself.
Weird, huh?
 
R

RonK

Recheck the WD jumper settings. There are settings for Single Dives and a
different setting for 2 drives.


"FrustratedWithHardDrive"
 
F

FrustratedWithHardDrive

Thank you for the response RonK. I did double check my setting and retried
again. The behavior is the same whether I set the WD in Dual(Master) or CS.
XP boots the first time, but freezes on rebooting.

Thanks again
 
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C

cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)

On Fri, 22 Apr 2005 19:32:09 -0700, "FrustratedWithHardDrive"
I bought a new secondary hard drive, a Seagate 250Gig IDE to run as a slave
with my Western Digital 250gig. XP SP2 is loaded already on the WD master.
The Seagate is additional storage replacing another failed WD 200gig (not in
a RAID array, though). I tried running both drives as cable select and
master/slave configuration. My BIOS sees them both at full capacity all the
time. The trouble I am running into is that on the first boot into XP, the
Seagate is detected and I get a message that the pc has to be rebooted for
the new device to work. When I reboot, my pc posts correctly, and sees both
drives but the pc freezes at the XP splash screen with the HDD activity light
on solid.
I can wipe out the Seagate using Seagate's disk utitlity by starting a full
zero write and repeat the same procedure. The second time I tried this, I
chose not to reboot, I went into the Disk Management, and received the popup
to initialize the drive. I followed this, but I didn't choose to make it a
dynamic drive. My pc locked up shortly into the drive initialization with
the HDD light on solid.

Chances are it's a bad HD, and it bogs down in bad sector retries. If
it's not that, it's a compatibility issue. Either way, it's not the
right HD for your purposes said:
I am running:
ASUS A7v333
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
Corsair pc2700 XMS series 512MB
WD 200G 7200RPM 8MB cache as master
Seagate 250G 7200 RPM 8MB cache as slave

Mobo chipset? Driver status?

If the HD passes all Seagate's diagnostics, then I'd look for an FAQ
in Asus, Seagate or motherboard chipset sites. I'd also consider
newsgroups such as comp...storage, etc.




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