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WHY DOES WINDOWS XP SAY MY CD DRIVE IS A HARDDRIVE?


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amorgan93

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I have a Micron Client Pro older PC with Windows XP. When i turn on the computer the very first thing that happens is that the computer shows a black screen, beeps, then says "Drive A Error". I must hit F1 to continue. After it boots in XP and i go to "My Computer" there are 3 Harddrives unstead of just two and there is no CD Rom drive. When i click on the harddrive icon that i know is really the CD ROM the computer asks to format the drive. The CD Drive is connected seperately from the other harddrives. What is wrong and how do i fix it???
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The Drive A error can be caused by lack of a floppy disk drive but the computer having been told one exists. Pop into BIOS and turn Drive A/Floppy Controller off.

As to three hard drives, its more likely that the hard drive is split into three partitions and these are shown in Windows as three separate devices. Lack of a CD-ROM can be caused by it not being told one exists in the BIOS, or a software issue.
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before i plugged in the CD ROM drive the computer showed 2 seperate harddrives and that was all. After i plugged in the CD ROM drive it sowed three harddrives. The harddrives are not in partitions they are their complete size. And for the Drive a error, i disabled the floppy drive and rebooted but nothing. I also thought this would work but obviously it didnt.
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