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OK I'll trust your advice. Thanks for your help. :)
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My pleasure.
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Hi there

Is it normal to have the primary ide channel device 0 selected as dma if available but in pio mode...can this be changed or no? The device 1 is in ultra dma mode 6 and the secondary device 0 is in ultra dma mode 2 device 1 is not applicable.

i tried toggling from pio mode only then back to dma if available but no change

Thanks for any help in advance

Edited by whit023, 25 May 2008 - 10:15 AM.

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Hello whit023...

Right click on My Computer and choose "Properties". Click the "Hardware" tab and then the "Device Manager" button. Expand (click +) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers.

Right click on Primary IDE channel and choose "Uninstall"...accept the change.

Reboot and Windows will reinstall the channel and any devices assigned to it...you will then be asked to restart your machine...do so.

Check your transfer mode settings again. Are they correct now?

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Excellent...it worked...thanks :)
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My pleasure... :)

If the settings revert to programmed input/output, it may be indicative of a drive going bad.
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Do you mean if it switches back to PIO mode? Because it did and i just unistalled and let it reinstall again. Is it normal to have both primary device 0 and device 1 on ultra DMA mode 6? In the secondary its on DMA mode 2.

Thanks again in advance

Edited by whit023, 26 May 2008 - 07:15 PM.

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Better keep your backups current.... :)
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so your saying my drive is failing? if so i will run out and get a new one tommorrow.
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What it tells me is that one of the drives on the Primary IDE channel is going down. And fairly quickly by the sounds of it. The Primary channel is where the system drive (Local Disk C:) is installed.
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Ok then...i have pictures and stuff on this drive...i have it in 3 partitions but if c is going down it probably means the others will be no good as they are the same HD...what backup utility is the best to use when i get a new drive to backup to? After i get the info i am going to shut the comp down and pray to get it backed up before it craps out.
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I use Acronis Migrate Easy. It's not free, but it's a dandy program. Acronis True Image is another good one that I use.
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ok thx...I really appreciate the help and advice :)
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Good Luck! :)
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Successful backup of all files :) but i couldn't get an image as during the backup it said there was an unreadable area so aborted...

Question....i read somewhere that if you get a freeze or improper shut down of computer it marks the HD where the shutdown took place as a dirty file or file area untill you preform a chkdsk which will then clear the area of it. Could that be part of my problem with it switching to PIO mode as i have a 4 year old that did that coupled with a freeze up or two after that where i had to manual restart and my serious slow downs began.

Ummm when i go to scan my G drive which is a partition of the main drive that contains the C drive it just freezes on stage four of the chkdsk...any suggestions?

I just read in another topic it took someone 2 days to scan there disk....i had waited 2 hrs with no movement on the chkdsk stage 4 of 5 and the light on the front of the computer solid as if working but no hdd sounds so assumed it was froze...will post back after leaving it on all night and see if it advances at all by morning.

Edited by whit023, 29 May 2008 - 01:03 PM.

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