Since adding a second hard disk (IBM 120 GB, single partition, for video editing) to my W2K system, it takes much longer to boot. The W2K logo stays on screen for about 100 seconds, compared with about 20 before. Nothing else has changed in the system config. The original hard disk is a Samsung 30 GB, and both are UDMA100. The m'board and 80 wire cable both support this configuration, and they are connected correctly on the cable.
Is this an inevitable consequence of having such a large drive, or can I do something about it?
Are both these drives on the same cable? or is the new hard drive on the secondary IDE? If the new hard drive is on the secondary with a slave cd-rom for example, the channel will always run as fast as the slowest device.
Master (30GB) and Slave (120GB) on the same controller. Think I've got some experimenting to do with partitions or temporarily disconnecting the CD and having each as master and only disk on its own controller.
What is "cable select", by the way - I've seen the option, but don't know what it means.....
Cable select is what you would set from the BIOS and if your hard drives are connected to the same cable in the correct order, then your PC will automatically know which drive is Master, and which is Slave. The jumpers on each drive will also need to be set to cable select.
Also I have been led to believe that with the 80 strand cables, then you can have IDE 100 and 133 on the same cable, and they will run at their respective speeds, not at the slowest device connected. J.