It came with 2 hard drives, both 40G, a Seagate and a Samsung.
AOpen motherboard, Pentium 4, 1.7 GHz.
Looks like the previous owner had problems with it, and was cloning one drive to the other, etc.
Found a pill bottle with a few jumpers inside the case.
And an envelope stuffed with notes on various repair efforts.
I managed to get the Seagate working, it boots, loaded with XP Pro, SP2.
It showed in bios as the primary master, was jumpered to master, but plugged into the middle socket on the cable, an 80 connector.
The Samsung was plugged into the end socket, jumpered to slave, and showed in bios as primary slave [none].
My computer showed a C and a D drive, D was unformatted.
Cute partition software showed the D drive (samsung) as having 2 partitions, 37G and 12mb.
I started to experience some hangs, and some crashes to black.
I tried running GMER, but the scan would stall out. Not crash. Just stop at some point.
I tried booting in safe mode, and after much head-scratching, determined that USB keyboard would not access bios or boot options.
ps/2 unit worked.
Ran malwarebytes scan in safe mode, it crashed.
Now the fun part. I formatted Seagate, did a fresh install of XP Pro, and updated to SP3.
Then, tried to figure out the Samsung.
I tried every configuration of jumpers and plugs.
Seagate with OS will only boot from the middle socket of the cable, (gray), with jumper set to master.
But, I can get the bios to see the Samsung from either socket, always shows as slave, regardless of socket or jumper setting.
Seagate is not seen by bios when plugged into the end, black, socket.
When both drives were jumpered to cable select, bios recognized the Samsung on end socket.
But Seagate on middle socket only registered a single left bracket, didn't say "none".
But I could click on the drive after cursing above and below, and some of the drive properties were accurately displayed.
Needless to say, I am very confused by all this.
The system will work, with Seagate/OS drive plugged into the middle socket.
Once, I swapped out the IDE cable for an older, 40 connector, and once, I saw both drives and another partition, in my computer.
The Samsug has 2 partitions, just as Cute said.
One is about 37G, and the other, 12mb.
There were readable files and folders on the larger partition, and nothing in the 12mb.
I never saw this again, after a reboot, it reverted to showing only a C and a D drive in my computer.
The D drive being "unformatted."
Any ideas appreciated.
Is it a bios flaw?
Edited by senseless, 19 May 2012 - 07:43 PM.