Posted 27 August 2009 - 04:45 PM
Recently my computer (desktop running Windows XP Pro SP 2) began to make a clicking sound at start up. It makes the sound until the boot up is complete and a program or browser is opened. It stops and does not come back. In addition, if I restart the computer it makes the sound for several seconds, then beeps and I get the message:
Pri Slave HDD error Press F1 to resume.
Whn I press F1 it starts clicking again and boots up. When I open a program or browser the sound stops.
I do have two hard drives. A new hard drive was installed about a year and a half ago to increase my storage. The person who installed it for me left the other drive (which was about 4 years old) in for storage, which I have never used. Would this be considered the Pri Slave HDD? If so, I am wondering if the old drive is failing. If this is the case is there a way I can disable the old drive from starting up or will I have to physically discoonect inside the case.
Any help would be appreciated.