Boot stops with message about bad HDD

June 10, 2011 at 07:09:34
Specs: Windows 7
3rd slave Hard Disk: SMART status BAD, but I only have 2 HDD's, Primary Master and Primary Slave, which are detected and pass. Why would I get an error message about a non-existent HDD? How can I work around it?

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#1
June 10, 2011 at 07:19:40
Why do you have both HDDs on the primary channel? What do you have on the 2ndary channel? Does your motherboard support SATA drives?

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#2
June 10, 2011 at 07:29:21
Both HDDs are on Primary as there is only one IDE connector. Nothing on 2ndary. Motherboard does support SATA.

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#3
June 10, 2011 at 07:42:06
"Nothing on 2ndary"

If there's only one IDE channel, there is no 2ndary.

So you have no CD/DVD drives? Or are they SATA?

Is this the EXACT message? - "3rd slave Hard Disk: SMART status BAD" or is that your wording? Do you have an external HDD connected? How about posting tyhe make/model of your system or make/model of your motherboard. Did you try running a HDD diagnostic?

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#4
June 10, 2011 at 08:00:19
No CD/DVD drives. CD will connect by USB, but, It is disconnected while trying to work this out. Nothing on SATA. Yes, there is only one IDE channel so no 2ndary. But my mobo apparently thinks there is a HDD on the 3rd slave and it is going bad and wont get beyond that point in the boot process. the only other devices connected to the computer at this time are keyboard, mouse, monitor, and NIC.

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#5
June 10, 2011 at 08:04:46
Try disabling the SATA controllers in the BIOS screens to see if that stops the message. Could be your external causing the message. If the message persists after disabling all SATA controllers then I would suspect the external drive. If you have the external set for fast disconnect it acts like an internal drive. Not the best way to use the external, if that is the case.

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#6
June 10, 2011 at 19:01:40
If it's not the SATA thing then go into cmos/bios setup to see if a secondary IDE controller shows there. If so, disable it.

If that's not it, it may be a bug with the bios and you may need to upgrade it.

Norton--the devil's software.


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