have to save(F1)settings on each boot-hp d530

Hewlett-packard / D530 sff dc578a
February 10, 2010 at 21:16:28
Specs: xp-pro-sp3, p4-2.4ghz-ram1gb
I am using 2 ide hard drives on hp d530 sff desktop computer. One is normally there but the second one I have placed there by removing the floppy drive.
On each boot, the computer first detects my c drive and wants me to save the settings by pressing F1. When I do that it then reboots and for another time it finds a combination setting of my hard drive 1 and hard drive 2 and then it wants to save these settings by again pressing F1. When I do that it reboots again and this time it goes to windows and works fine no matter how long I work on the computer.
Once I went to bios and pressed F10 to accept the settings there but it keeps on doing the same thing.
Please tell me what should I do to make this computer boot normally and not keep detecting my hard drives in this stepwise manner.

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#1
February 10, 2010 at 21:46:34
Are the drives on the same data cable? If so, verify their jumpers are correct.

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#2
February 10, 2010 at 22:32:43
The hard drives are NOT on the same cable. Each is on seperate cables.
Ist is c and has jumper set as master.
The second has no jumper at all.
There is no cd drive or floppy in the computer.

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#3
February 10, 2010 at 22:49:46
What are the drive model numbers?

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#4
February 10, 2010 at 23:57:00
ST 320011A 20gb is C drive with windows xp on it.
ST330621A 30 gb is E drive with storage files on it.
both hard drives are seagate.

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#5
February 11, 2010 at 00:15:38
I'll check tomorrow on jumper setting for those or someone may post back with the info.

Another thing you can do is go into cmos/bios setup and look for a 'hard drive pre delay' or words to that affect. That allows a drive a little more time to spin up and be recognized by the bios. An average setting is about 5 seconds.

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#6
February 11, 2010 at 12:19:01
ST320011A:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

That should apply to both drives. Here's some additional info:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

You mentioned one of the drives had no jumper, meaning it's set as slave. But if it's the only drive on the cable it should be master/single or cable select.

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#7
February 12, 2010 at 09:14:55
Thanks very much DAVEINCAPS. I read your links and followed the instructions for jumper settings from there. The only change I made was that I put the second hard drive on the same cable as the first hard drive. Problem seems to have gone as I have booted the computer for several times and and did not have to do the F1 thing. Thanks again.

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#8
February 12, 2010 at 12:35:00
You're welcome. Since putting both drives on the same cable fixed it maybe it was the cable that was flakey.

You also might check the voltage in the cmos battery or just replace it, just in case. Your problem didn't seem to be with the battery so I didn't suggest it. But a weak battery can lose the settings so possibly it was a combination of the two.

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