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Hard drive not being detected by BIOS

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Hard drive not being detected by BIOS

david.t88
This started happening a few weeks ago. Before
everything was fine.

I have two hard drives on my PC; one for XP, the other for
programs
and data. When the computer boots up, sometimes it will
only detect
my programs and data hard drive. It takes a few power
downs and
restarts before it'll notice the OS one.

What might be the problem? The problematic hard drive is
a 120 GB
Western Digital 7200 RPM IDE which I purchased in
December 2002.
When I run the quick SMART test, it'll pass. I'm running the
extended
test as I speak.

Could it be a worn out cable?

Other specs: Custom built PC with AMD Athlon XP 2400+
processor,
1GB DDR 2100 RAM, ASUS A7N8X-X motherboard (nForce
2 chipset),
Gainward nVidia GeForce 4 MX440, the problem-free HDD
is a 160GB
7200 RPM Seagate.
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    jamesatmaisonverre

    but the two top ones are a virus or your post test settings could be set to auto.Check your bios and make sure that your bios detcts the drives and is not set to auto.

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    david.t88

    1) I did a virus scan and to the best of my knowledge, I don't
    think there is a virus since I keep my definitions updated and
    autoprotect is always on.

    2) I tried turning off autodetect but instead of now showing
    up in POST, I just get an error message saying primary
    master drive failure.

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    OFLANDER

    See my post under Hard Drive Failure, regarding Ram.

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    1bn0

    Sometimes a dying CMOS battery will cause the same problem.

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    david.t88

    Test Option: QUICK TEST
    Model Number: WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1
    Unit Serial Number: WD-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Firmware Number: 17.07W17
    Capacity: 120.03 GB
    SMART Status: PASS
    Test Result: PASS
    Test Time: 11:30:22, January 16, 2007

    Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
    Model Number: WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1
    Unit Serial Number: WD-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Firmware Number: 17.07W17
    Capacity: 120.03 GB
    SMART Status: PASS
    Test Result: PASS
    Test Time: 11:53:04, January 16, 2007

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    jamesatmaisonverre

    but the two top ones are a virus or your post test settings could be set to auto.Check your bios and make sure that your bios detcts the drives and is not set to auto.

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    david.t88

    1) I did a virus scan and to the best of my knowledge, I don't
    think there is a virus since I keep my definitions updated and
    autoprotect is always on.

    2) I tried turning off autodetect but instead of now showing
    up in POST, I just get an error message saying primary
    master drive failure.

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    OFLANDER

    See my post under Hard Drive Failure, regarding Ram.

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    1bn0

    Sometimes a dying CMOS battery will cause the same problem.

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    david.t88

    Test Option: QUICK TEST
    Model Number: WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1
    Unit Serial Number: WD-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Firmware Number: 17.07W17
    Capacity: 120.03 GB
    SMART Status: PASS
    Test Result: PASS
    Test Time: 11:30:22, January 16, 2007

    Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
    Model Number: WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1
    Unit Serial Number: WD-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Firmware Number: 17.07W17
    Capacity: 120.03 GB
    SMART Status: PASS
    Test Result: PASS
    Test Time: 11:53:04, January 16, 2007