Solved Desktop boot issues

November 30, 2011 at 07:51:02
Specs: Windows xp pro , 1024
After adding a spare used hdd to my setup for more space as a fat 32 drive went in as admin and formatted to ntfs, then rebooted " the com booted in safe mode " as new hardware was added (although it recommends to boot normally ) i booted in safe mode and ran chkdsk c: anyway with no issues. so rebooted and although it boots it takes ages approx 15 mins the other hdd on its own on its worst day boots in 60 secs prob faster but never timed it lol.

where should i start with this issue and how can i find out what is causing the problem. Admin tools- event viewer shows no problems relating to any boot issues.
So any pointers would be helpfull.

thanks in advance for any replys


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#1
November 30, 2011 at 09:19:38
Could be lots of causes. What type of hard drive is the added drive? SATA or PATA (IDE)?

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#2
November 30, 2011 at 14:23:16
Hi again othehil. The hdd is a westerndidgital 40 gig Ide drive and i think it could be a permissions problem and was going to update my post : As copying from one drive to the other is also a issue my main drive a 20gig samsung will copy to the wd drive ok but it took a hour for it to go the the other way lol not funny eh, but the wd drive has no problem with 8gig from a usb drive. So will also log on as admin and try the same again to see if the outcome is the same as normal user mode. but will post the result of my finds

cheers again


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#3
November 30, 2011 at 18:32:50
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If the motherboard chipset drivers are not installed the drive can't run in a DMA mode. That will make it very slow. Also, if both are connected to the same cable that will definitely make it slower even if the controller drivers are installed.

You need to be using a 40 80 wire/ 40 pin IDE cable in order to get speeds faster than 33 MBPS. The cable will have a blue MB connector with a grey center connector and a black end connector.

You can check to see if the drives are runnning in one of the DMA modes by checking the advanced settings for the IDE controllers in Device Manager.

Of course, it is also possible that the drive is damaged. Run a hard drive fitness test from the manufacturers site.


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#4
December 1, 2011 at 10:59:07
hi othehill the chipset drivers are fine. Both drives are running in ultra dma mode 2 and the ide cable is correct as long as the grey is master and the black is slave drive.i will run hirens wd (10.02) test on the drive tommorrow and will post results

I did try copying from one drive to the other as admin to no avail as same result so defo down to the drive its self

cheers


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#5
December 1, 2011 at 11:58:12
POST UPDATE

Have just finished running lifeguard tools short test with no errors so did`nt bother with the long test. "even though its pointing to a read -right error" i will keep at it as i need the space.


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#6
December 1, 2011 at 12:40:16
Do you have more than one IDE channel? If so, separate the drives.

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#7
December 4, 2011 at 02:54:59
Allready on that one mate. Going to have to get a sata drive to put in, as all ide channels are bieng used. thanks for the pointers though, am going to have a play with the drive in another machine as main drive see if that has any affect on its performance. before i put it back in this com .

I will mark this post as closed.

Thanks again :-)


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#8
December 4, 2011 at 15:29:33
Also note something that many overlook, the mfg's use cable select jumpers on IDE factory installations because there are less errors when the technicians are assembling the machines, but you will have less problems when you add drives if you simple select the Master Drive and Slave Drive jumper settings for yourself manually.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#9
December 5, 2011 at 02:24:01
Just to let you know the wd drive worked fine as a slave drive on the other com so replaced the ide cable and it boots fine now!. So thanks again for your assist othehill

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#10
December 5, 2011 at 14:03:17
No problem

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#11
December 6, 2011 at 11:43:21
Good point fingers: I was aware of this point and have the drives set up as master and slave, Cheers for the post though :-)

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#12
December 6, 2011 at 19:46:59
Glad to hear everything worked out for you. Just make sure you get rid of the bad cable so you never accidentally use it again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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