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WinXP Won't boot after installing a second hard drive

\015 System works fine with only one drive. No matter how I install the second drive, it fails to boot.I tried it on the same channel / different channel. I tried every combination of jumper settings. I tried using two disks of the same manufacturer. Always the same. Any single disk works fine, any addition does not. I even tried installing a controller card. WinXP does the same thing... blue screen shut down to "protect my system".Bios is up to date. I did a fresh install of WinXP (on the single disk machine). No problem until I tried to install a second disk. Then no go again.So I tried putting in two drives and then booting from the WinXP install disk to install WinXP Fresh. It goes through some of the prep work and then stops, telling me there is a serious hardware problem. As soon as I remove the second drive, WinXP installs fine.I booted from Partitiion Magic and checked the drive. It came back with "Error #1516 Partition improperly dismounted"Read lots of similar problems in discussion groups but no one seems to know what is wrong / have an answer. Lots of people ran chkdsk /f but that did not seem to work.I have spent 12 hours on this. I would throw the machine into the Detroit river, but I think there are enviromental laws against it. Any ideas?Thanks a real lot.\015

Answers :

I'm guessing maybe the IDE cables aren't connected properly, or the jumpers need to be set for cable select. Are you sure you configured the jumpers correctly for the master/slave setting for that particular drive?
\015\012Then again, when you enter the bios setup at boot does it recognize the second drive, but xp fails to boot, or is the bios also failing to recognize the 2nd drive? If that's the case, and the bios is set correctly, your drive may be at fault.
\015\012Check your bios setup,
\015\012If all that's in order, all I can offer is a couple links that might help you to sort it out.
\015\012http://www.pcmech.com/article/installing-a-hard-drive-step-by-step/
\015\012http://www.helpwithpcs.com/upgrading/install-hard-drive.htm
\015\012regarding partitioning, http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_09.htm
\015\012And here's a link to a bios primer, that may shed some light on your situation.
\015\012http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/bios/index.htm
\015\012I hope this steers you in the right direction. Let me know if you get it sorted out...
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