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By bushwackerking1 ·
Everything was working fine one day until I was forced to hard-reboot my computer after NT wouldn't shut down after 5 or 10 minutes.

Now I have problems. I can get past the boot selection screen, but the blue screen that lists the memory, NT version (4 with SP 6) bombs out with a message "INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" and a memory dump.

The dumb thing is that the master disk from which the OS is booted is fine. It's my second disk that causes problems, and I know this because when I physically disconnect the second disk, the computer boots perfectly. Connect the second disk again -- and I've swapped the connector that it plugs in to -- and the problem crops again, as well as the disk activity light stays always on (instead of flashingand blinking).

Now, I did notice that BIOS recognizes the first "master" disk (a Maxtor), but not the second disk.

Any ideas for reviving my second disk or otherwise dealing with this situation?

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by dmiles In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Open the BIOS setup panel and set the second drive configuration to Auto or LBA,exit and reboot

If the first drive has NT use the system setup disk and boot computer,follow the on screen instructions,when the screen ask the for what type of install to perform,select Repair Install and proceed to follow the onscreen prompts,this should repair the boot files to the master hard drive.

If this process is successful then do a scandisk on the second drive to check for drive errors.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

I tried doing an NT repair, and it doesn't work (it fails to identify the boot disk, or so it says). BIOS is set to auto configure, which has always worked in the past. Manually configuring the disk in BIOS (with LBA) doesn't help either. Also, Idid a scandisk on the main C drive and there are no errors, but I can't access the other drive enough to scan it.
And yes, I checked all the jumpers and cabling. And I mixed and matched power cords, and everything consistently points to the drive.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by Macgyver.Hicks In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Hi,
Have you checked to make sure the second drive's jumper is set to slave and that the master drive's jumper is set to "master" and not "single"? Since I don't know the specifics about your motherboard/BIOS, try not to use the "cable select" jumpers. Another thing is the wiring. Make sure the Master drive is on the plug on the end of the cable and the Slave is on the middle plug. You might want to test the power plug going to the slave drive to insure it is giving electricity to the slave drive. If these fail, try setting the slave drive as the Master on the master plug and check the BIOS. If it is recognized, get a different cable. If not, get another hard drive.

I wish you well.

Les

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Sorry for not giving more details, but I already have tested the power plug. And swapped out the wiring. And placed the drives on different points in the wiring.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

I'd suggest you start with the hardware and work your way up to the software.
We know the Maxtor is working, as is its cable and connector. Is it safe to say that you have 2 IDE controlers on your motherboard - IDE 0 has your primary hard drive andIDE 1 your CD-ROM? If so, check jumper settings on each drive to ensure the Maxtor is set to master (it probably already is) and is living on IDE 0 (should be printed on motherboard), and that any other device (such as your second hard drive) that lives on the same IDE controller as the Maxtor, has its jumpers set to slave. If all looks ok, try a different IDE cable.
When attempting to connect to another IDE connector, ensure that your drive's master/slave setting does not conflict with any other device on that ribbon.
Once you've verified the physical settings and connections of the drives, boot up and go to the system's BIOS (F2, Shift+F10, Delete, Esc, it could be any number of key combos, check your system / motherboard documentation). In the BIOS there should be a category for IDE Devices or IDE Config. In that screen you may be able to have the BIOS attempt to re-detect your hard drives. If not, just verify that the BIOS corresponds to the hardware config that you had noted previously.
If all looks OK in the BIOS, try booting into Windows in VGA Mode. Go to WinNT Diagnostics and select the Resources tab. Click the IRQ button. Ensure that the items on IRQ 14 and 15 are your IDE controllers. Also ensure that there are noother devices on IRQ 14 or 15. Then click through the other buttons (I/O, DMA, Memory) to ensure that devices aren't sharing other resources with your IDE controllers. If another device is sharing a resource, you may need to uninstall it.
If all else fails, you could try reinstalling Windows, and if that doesn't work, a low-level format of the second drive might be all that's left.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by bushwackerking1 In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

I have already done everything you suggested without success, except for your suggestion about looking the "Resources" Tab under WinNT diagnostics (of course, I have to take out the troubled disk in order to be able to boot and get to that screen).

IRQ 14 and 15 are both listed as ATAPI, Bus 0, Type: Isa. Does that mean anything?

Also, when as soon as I plug the troubled slave into the ribbon, the disk activity light immediately goes on and stays on without blinking.

I rated this answer as "didn't help me", but if you can reply back and give me something helpful, I'll change that...

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Did not mention quite enough system info, type of second HD.

Have you tried booting from the (floppy/cd) boot disk? You can use FDisk to view the drives parameters and/or if the computer is recognizing the second harddrive.

You could move the drive to the other IDE (master disk) changing the drive settings and boot off a floppy, this should give you access to the drive as C:. If no access fdisk/mbr to try to gain access.

HD light stays on;
1. Ribbon cable plugged in backwards, incorrectly, or damaged.
2. Bios is constantly trying to identify the drive and not receiving a recognizeable message.
3. Firmware for drive is corrupted.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by OTL In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Did not mention quite enough system info, type of second HD.

Have you tried booting from the (floppy/cd) boot disk? You can use FDisk to view the drives parameters and/or if the computer is recognizing the second harddrive.

You could move the drive to the other IDE (master disk) changing the drive settings and boot off a floppy, this should give you access to the drive as C:. If no access fdisk/mbr to try to gain access.

HD light stays on;
1. Ribbon cable plugged in backwards, incorrectly, or damaged.
2. Bios is constantly trying to identify the drive and not receiving a recognizeable message (IDE interface bad).
3. Firmware for drive is corrupted.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by OTL In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

Sorry about the double post, knocked off-line.

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Computer won't boot with second disk...

by bushwackerking1 In reply to Computer won't boot with ...

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