Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:34 AM
I am having a problem with some additional hard drives that I tried to install on my computer and I was wondering if anyone might help me with it.
I had 2 hard drives on my computer, the one that Windows was installed on and the second one I used for my personal files. They both worked fine. A couple of days ago, I reformatted the first hard drive Windows was installed on and now that hard drive is working fine, but when I want to connect the second hard drive (Maxtor DiamondMax 21 250GB), the computer freezes. When I go to BIOS, it doesn't recognise that second hard drive. I run Windows XP, have all the necessary updates installed, including SP2, and the motherboard I use is ASUS M2N-MX SE. My primary hard disk that I run Windows on is Seagate Baracuda 7200.7 40GB.
The funny thing is that I tried putting in another hard drive as well (160GB) and I have the same problem. At first, the computer worked and after restarting it worked as well, but the next day, it didn't. The computer started restarting and Windows didn't want to start again until I removed that second drive. So I tried the third slave as well (Maxtor 541DX 20GB), but again, the computer just won't recognise it. It's not in the Disk Manager nor in the BIOS list.
The point is, the computer works fine if only one hard drive is on it (the one Windows is installed on), but as soon as I connect any of the other 3 drives as well, they are not shown in both BIOS and Disk Manager and the computer just doesn't work.
Does anyone now what might the problem be, coz I don't think the hard drives are faulty, as they all used to work fine before.