Hard Drive addition causes big headache

Emachines T6524 desktop
May 2, 2010 at 15:29:00
Specs: Windows XP SP3, AMD Athlon 64 2.20 GHz 2000MHz FSB 2.87 GB DDR2 400MHz RAM
I have an emachines T6524 Desktop Media Center PC. It worked great until about three hours ago when I was attempting to add a hard disk drive from my other emachine that has a fried mother board. It was originally configured with the hard drive on the slave cable, with the jumpers on the hdd set as slave as well, but no matter which configuration I tried the hard disk drive from my other emachine was booting up(even when I had the original's jumpers set to master, on the master cable with the new drive jumpers set to slave on the slave cable), which I didn't want because my initial plan was to format and use as a backup. With all different configurations leading to the new drive booting I decided to just go back to the original setup, and format the drive another way, then mount it. But even after putting everything back to it's original configuration, it will not boot up. I can access all of the bios and boot settings, but it's as if the boot files were in the ROM and when the new drive booted it deleted them. Now it goes through the boot sequence and tries to use a "PXE-2.0 (build 082)" sequence like it's trying to boot from the network. Then it just says no boot file recieved, exits the PXE ROM and says: DISK BOOT FAILURE, INERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. This would not be a problem, except for the fact that a girlfriend gave me this computer approx. 1 year ago, and I have no such disk... I even disabled the network boot option in the bios settings and then it just goes directly to a flashing cursor. Any ideas or information would be greatly appreciated. If I can give you any more information, please let me know. Thank you in advance for your time.

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May 2, 2010 at 15:54:34
I would guess you just have the cabling/ jumpers configured wrong.

Your original post indicates you may be using TWO IDE cables to connect your drives (hard/optical). If this is the case then be aware that you have TWO IDE controllers. Each controller can configure TWO drives. So treat each controller separately.

Most OEM computer manufacturers prefer to use CS (cable select) instead of Master & Slave settings. The rule is this: CS settings must be used on both devices on the same cable if used. The device at the end of the cable will be the Master drive. When using Master/ Slave settings the drives may be connected to either connector on the cable.

If you made changes in the BIOS screens you may have some other issue there.

If possible connect the newly introduced hard drive on the secondary IDE controller (primary is usually colored blue on motherboard).

If you managed to boot completely in Windows then the boot.ini file may have been altered and that is the problem.

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May 2, 2010 at 16:27:07
Thank you for your reply. I am using only the hard ide cable. I
tried using cs on both drives, with the same result being that the
newly added hard drive was booting to Windows. As far as the
bios settings, I made note of the default settings before
attempting any changes. Can you pleas elaborate on the boot.ini
file? Could having one instance of windows load corrupt the .ini
file on a totally different hdd?

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May 2, 2010 at 16:46:35
"Could having one instance of windows load corrupt the .ini
file on a totally different hdd?" The answer is yes, if you booted into Windows completely.

Do you have a CD drive that is also an IDE type?

If the boot order is set to boot to the network did you change the settings to boot from the hard drive? Watch the screens at start up to verify the BIOS is configuring both drives.

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May 2, 2010 at 16:48:58
Yes, the computer in question has a dvd and cd player

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May 2, 2010 at 18:31:25
I was asking to determine if you have a second IDE controller on the motherboard.

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May 2, 2010 at 18:57:06
Do not put both HDDs on the same cable/channel.

The original HDD with the OS should be the primary master, the CD drive should be the primary slave.

The 2nd HDD should be the 2ndary master & the DVD drive the 2ndary slave. If it makes it easier for cabling, these two can be reversed.

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