|I've got a Dell Dimension 4600 with two HDs. Everything worked for several years till it had been unplugged for two months. Then, when booting up, the following messages appeared:|
Primary drive 0 not found
Primary drive 1 not found
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility.
I hit F1 to continue and Windows XP comes up but the second HD no longer appears.
Thinking something was wrong with the second drive, I pulled it and put it in an external enclosure. I attached this external HD to another PC via USB and found all files/folders are visible/accessible. So, it's not the HD.
Since it had been unplugged for two months I suspected the battery but the date/time in the BIOS is correct.
I've Googled the error message but I haven't found a situation where
a. The PC does boot to Windows ok and,
b. The secondary drive checks out ok.
I've seen some reports of unplugging the cable and plugging it back in but if it boots to XP, how could the cable be bad or loose?
Hope someone has an idea.