Hi, I have a PC with two hard drives, 250Gb master & 80Gb slave. Everything worked perfectly until I tried to install Win98 as a second operating system. In error it started to write on the 250Gb master but almost immediately stopped. Since then it would not boot up. I have managed to retrieve most of my work by putting the drive as a slave, installing XP on another drive and retrieving my work. The problem is I can no longer boot from this drive, it has been formatted & re-partitioned. Also when the PC is switched on and BIOS checks the IDE channel, this 250Gb drive is very slow to respond (approx 2 minutes), it has SMART enabled & has never reported any errors. It seems to work ok as a slave drive but not as a master, and yes the jumpers are set correctly. Any ideas???
Why does the drive work ok when used as a second drive, but when connected as the master it hangs at boot up, takes approx 2 minutes before the black boot up screen displays the IDE drives and cannot be used? It displays it almost instantly when a slave drive.
The jumpers are set correctly & accordingly, it is a Western Digital 2500JB - 250Gb.
Any help would be appreciated as this has got me beat!!
If you are changing two drives round and the one you set as slave, as the original OS on it, the BIOS is looking for a Operating System in the MBR of drives. By awaping them round it cannot see the disc
Was XP on a Fat32 before you tried loading 98 or was it NTFS? as they are different formats for the drive. And you cannot mix them . It sounds like you need to clear the disc with Killdisk click here and start from scratch