Hi, for some reason my second hard drive is not always recognised - I need to reboot for it to be seen. This happens maybe once every few days.
System is running XP SP3 on an Athlon 3500 processor with 2GB RAM and two SATA II hard drives. Primary hard drive is a WD 500GB which is fine. Secondary hard drive is Maxtor 320GB.
The Maxtor is used as a backup for MyDocuments which are also backed up to an external drive each evening.
I'd like to know if there is a way to diagnose what's going on. I've changed the SATA cable to another connector on the motherboard and it still happens on occasion. When I reboot it is again recognised.
Drives can sometimes be a bit slow to spin up this may lead to the bios not always detecting it at boot up, check to see if you have any fast boot or fast ram count options selected in bios setup, de-selecting this type of option may well delay post by a few milliseconds which may just be long enough to let the drive get ready for the bios to always detect it