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EDIT: I got it to work by, in the Bios, shutting off IDE Prefetch Mode, IDE 0 Master UDMA and IDE 0 SLAVE UDMA, SATA Ports, etc. Why is this?

Current Setup:
630i/7150 eVGA motherboard
40GB IBM HDD (OS/XP)
120GB Seagate Barracuda

On this motherboard there is ONE IDE port. So I can hook up a maximum of TWO IDE devices.

Basically, here it is: My old setup was a 40GB HDD and a DVD drive. Worked perfectly. I ran out of room, so I decided to scratch the IDE DVD drive and hook up my old 120GB. It hadn't been formated since I last used it, and there was a Windows folder present on it, taking up about 480Megs of room. That's it, nothing more.

I then deleted that Windows folder, and shut my computer off an hour later. When I go to turn it on today, it gives me, "Invalid System Disk. Please insert System Disk and press Enter."

It takes a LONG time for this to come up, spending a lot of time on the eVGA screen, then a long time at the VERIFYING DFI POOL (or what ever) screen.

If I hit "Del" to enter the Bios, it takes a long time, then loads the Bios. In the IDE devices. there is the Master drive, nothing under Slave.

Hooking up the 120GB as Master and the 40GB as slave shows the 120GB, nothing else. Hooking the DVD drive up and the 40GB up loads WinXP.

WTH!?

Clearing the CMOS and resetting Bios settings CHANGES NOTHING. The jumpers are correct. What is the problem? I have date on both HDD's, and formatting is not an option. (It's not the problem, either.)

What do I do?

On a completely other note, where can I find SATA based Slot Load drives? I need them for a build.

EDIT:

Well... Now I am totally confused. I formatted the 120GB HDD and hooked it up in Cable Select with the DVD-ROM. It only saw the DVD drive, and listed it as Master.

So then I put the Hard drive under Master and the DVD drive as Slave, and it saw both. I then booted from my WINXP CD, copied over the files, and it told me it had to restart. Then when booting, it gave me "Disk Read Error. Please press CTRL ALT DEL to restart."

Nothing I can do seems to fix this. I now have the same thing when I plug in the 40GB.

Could this be my Motherboard? It has been giving me a lot of problems...

Anyways, Slot Based cd drives... Think Macs or Car drives. Just a slot, you put the disk in... No CD tray... That's what I mean.
Edited by CorporalAris - 5/31/08 at 10:25am
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Check the jumpers and make sure they are both set to "cable select" or "cl". Do not use the master/slave settings. They have not been needed since like, 2002.
Make sure the correct drive is first in the boot priority section of your BIOS. Better yet, make sure it is the only drive.
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I would try to do a clean install on the 120gig hd and leave out the 40gig. The generation of 20-40gig hds had a very low life span. I've got a stack of dead drives I've retrieved from clients computers, all in the 20-40gig range. When I have to use ide drives I always use the master/slave jumpers, always works. Try the 120 by itself and see how that goes.
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Well, ummm... So you think that my 40GB HDD has died EVEN though I can boot if I don't have another HDD plugged in?

And I have tried using Cable Select. No change.

On a completely other note, where can I find SATA based Slot Load drives? I need them for a build.
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Originally Posted by CorporalAris View Post
Well, ummm... So you think that my 40GB HDD has died EVEN though I can boot if I don't have another HDD plugged in?

And I have tried using Cable Select. No change.

On a completely other note, where can I find SATA based Slot Load drives? I need them for a build.
I don't know what you mean by "SATA based Slot Load drives", but that 40GB HD is not necessarily dead.

(Seems like I have been saying this a lot lately) Download the SpinRite .iso from your favorite torrent site and boot to it. Run it on level 4- deep surface analysis. It is the ONLY program that can truly fix a HD with errors. It may take up to 24 hours to completely run, (I have had it take a week) but when it is finished you should have no problems at all booting.
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Well... Now I am totally confused. I formatted the 120GB HDD and hooked it up in Cable Select with the DVD-ROM. It only saw the DVD drive, and listed it as Master.

So then I put the Hard drive under Master and the DVD drive as Slave, and it saw both. I then booted from my WINXP CD, copied over the files, and it told me it had to restart. Then when booting, it gave me "Disk Read Error. Please press CTRL ALT DEL to restart."

Nothing I can do seems to fix this. I now have the same thing when I plug in the 40GB.

Could this be my Motherboard? It has been giving me a lot of problems...

Anyways, Slot Based cd drives... Think Macs or Car drives. Just a slot, you put the disk in... No CD tray... That's what I mean.
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I got it to work by, in the Bios, shutting off IDE Prefetch Mode, IDE 0 Master UDMA and IDE 0 SLAVE UDMA, SATA Ports, etc. Why is this?
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