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By jbaker9845 ·
I am having a problem in that my computer stopped recognizing my second hard drive, the ?D? drive several months ago. I have checked the connections--OK, used a variety of utilities--Symantec System Works 2005, PC Mighty Max and others--No response. The drive is recognized by the BIOS on startup, giving the following symptoms, readouts etc.:

Upon starting there is a continuous CLICK - CLICK, then the memory is checked (ESC to skip). Recognizes PRI MSTR IDE HARD DRIVE - PRI SLAVE IDE HARD DRIVE;
ATAPI CDROM - SLAVE ATAPI CDROM; and then continues to load--CLICKS continue. When it has finished loading, it indicates press F1 to start, and opens windows.

Once windows has opened, no more clicks are heard, and the system works fine. It notes ERROR 1327 INVALID DRIVE \, and when that note is closed, it keeps trying to install Office Pro 2003 (on drive D). Closing that out, operation is close to normal. If I click on an icon on the desktop that is on drive D, it will tell me, and, clicked off, will continue.

An additional problem has been the refusal of a printer to respond to this computer. I have tried several in USB connections, but get no printouts, or recognition. This occurred about the same time as the hard drive problem, but I do not know if they are related.

I know of no action I took that would have had this result. Suggestions are welcome!

Thanks

John Baker
jbaker9845@aol.com
Tel: 540 658-0113

COMPUTER PROFILE JDB 3
FROM BELARC ADVISOR OCT 14, 2005
OS
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600
PROCESSOR
2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
MOTHERBOARD
Board: ECS P4VXASD2+ 1.0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
DRIVES
40.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
24.04 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
Memorex DVD+/-RW Dual-X1 [CD-ROM drive]
OPTORITE CD-RW CW4002 [CD-ROM drive]

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by ctrservices In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

Concerning the HD, see if this helps http://consumer.installshield.com/kb.asp?id=Q110636

Concerning the printer, many printer drivers become corrupted and a regular uninstall often does not completely work--causing a reinstall to fail. HP printers, as an example, are notorious for this. If unstalling/reinstalling the printer driver doesn't work, try uninstalling/reinstalling the printer. If this doesn't work, contact the manufacturer of your printer to obtain the procedure for correcting this problem.

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By the way, the click noise could be your HD telling you it is on its way out. I would suggest that if you can get windows to read the file system, copy what you need to another drive and replace this one.

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by ozi Eagle In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

I would replace the HDD ASAP. You may be able to extract the info if you can get into the drive.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

The F1 key to continue after CMOS loaded means that is a bad settings in BIOS.
Enter to BIOS and verify all the settings. Also try to boot with 2 CD ROM disconnected. I suppose it?s a conflict of second HD and CD ROM. Also try different jumper settings on second HD.

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by 3xp3rt In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

The F1 key to continue after CMOS loaded means that is a bad settings in BIOS.
Enter to BIOS and verify all the settings. Also try to boot with 2 CD ROM disconnected. I suppose it?s a conflict of second HD and CD ROM. Also try different jumper settings on second HD.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

A constant clicking sound generally indicates a bad HDD or at least one on its way out.

The only suggestion I have here is to download the Drive Test Utility from the Drive Maker and run it to make sure that the drive is actually working properly. If you get an error disconnect the master drive and try the scan again it could be a problem between the make of the HDD and the M'Board or even the different HDD's causing the problem.

I recently had a Gigabyte M'Board that just will not work with any modern Seagate HDD even though it worked perfectly on one Seagate Boot Drive for 6 months and the drive checks out perfectly on another M'Board and a different make of drive checks out perfectly on the original M'Board.

In that particular case there was a basic hardware conflict that some how arose and caused the system to fail even though I still don't know exactly what is happening but provided I don't use any Seagate drives it works perfectly, but put any form of Seagate drive near it even in a USB Caddy and it will immediately fall over and loose all of its data.

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by pierrejamme In reply to comp stopped recogn 2nd h ...

I would agree, you probably neeed to replace the hard drive. Have you tried to get into it with Safe Mode? Tap F8 until that menu comes up and choose safe mode.
You might also try to reflash your BIOS and Clear the CMOS with the appropriate jumper.
Just some thoughts.

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