I have such an interesting problem that it makes me smile: I have two hard-drives installed in my desktop computer. The first – a 100GB Maxtor IDE drive has the operating system (Windows XP Home Edition, SP2) installed on it. I recently installed a second, 500GB SATA hard drive (which I only want to use as storage space, since I do a lot of video editing). Now, when I turn on my computer, nine-times out of ten, it doesn’t boot. Instead, it just sits there with a blank screen. On the 10th try, however, it will boot normally. Moreover I can get the computer to boot reliably (every time) by simply entering the BIOS during start-up and then exiting again (regardless of whether I save any changes). After that, the computer boots up, functions normally, and both drives are accessible. How weird is that?
At first I thought it might be a “master-slave” issue. But I don’t think it is, because one drive is IDE and the other is SATA, and they’re not connected by any cables. Besides, in the BIOS, it lists the Maxtor drive at the IDE Primary master, which sounds good to me. I then thought it might be a problem with the boot-sequence in the BIOS. But in the BIOS, it lists the first bootable device as the CDROM, and the second and 3rd as HDD-0, which also sounds okay.
Here is some information that might be useful:
(1) I’m running Windows XP HE SP2 on a desktop computer
(2) The BIOS is Phoenix AwardBIOS. (not sure what version…how do I find out?)
(3) My motherboard is old enough that it doesn’t have a SATA port on it, so I bought a SATA-PCI adopter card. My SATA drive thus plugs into this adapter-card through a PCI slot..
(4) The 100GB IDE drive (the one with the operating system) is a Maxtor 6Y080L0.
The device manager says it is at Location 0 (0).
(5) The 500 GB drive is a SATA drive, but when you look in the device manager, it states that it is a WDC WD50 OOAAKS-))A7B0 SCSI Disk Device at Bus Number 0, Target ID 0, LUN 0
My current belief is that my computer is simply confused – it doesn’t know what a SATA drive is – the motherboard doesn’t have a SATA port, and the BIOS doesn’t seem to list a SATA drive as an option for booting. (which is okay, since the SATA drive doesn’t have the operating system anyway). But both drives are accessible once the computer boots, so obviously, the drive will work with this computer…it’s just…weird. Who among you will tackle this one?