XP + Autoexec.bat

January 30, 2011 at 16:49:41
Specs: Windows XP, unknown
I'm running XP with three hard drives. No. 2 drive is bad & I wanted to take the drive out of the boot sequence. I was thinking to change the path statement in the autoexec.bat path statement so the computer would ignore it entirely. From reading what you've written, that seems like it won't work. The computer persists in running the drive and slowing me down, even though there's nothing on that drive anymore. I had an application that was reading the internal temperature of the drive and telling me that it was overheating. Another app tells me there's no problem with heat at all. I think the first app is giving me nonsense. I don't think software can measure the internal temperature without an external device. How do I get XP to ignore that drive?

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#1
January 30, 2011 at 19:34:26
Do you have three physical drives ?

If so, remove the defective drive, or at least disconnect it's data cable connection !

If it's connected to an IDE data cable that has another drive connected to it you may need to change the jumper setting on the other drive.

"I had an application that was reading the internal temperature of the drive and telling me that it was overheating. Another app tells me there's no problem with heat at all. I think the first app is giving me nonsense. I don't think software can measure the internal temperature without an external device."

Modern hard drives (made in about 2002 or later) have a temperature sensor built into them. Software can read the output reading of that sensor, however, only the drive's own diagnostics can be relied on for the reported temp to be accurate. E.g. Seagate's SeaTools for Seagate and Maxtor hard drives. Defective hard drives often overheat for a while before they start to malfunction.


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January 30, 2011 at 20:11:05
The only way to stop Windows fro recognising the hard disk is to physically disconnect it or disable it in the BIOS. Set the particular parameter for that drive to None and the BIOS will ignore it and so will Windows.

There should be no need to change the jumpers. Modern ATA drives using UDMA can run as a Slave without a Master which was not the case with earlier PIO drives. In fact the concept of Slave and Master is obsolete. You might just as well call them A & B but the terms Slave and Mater have remained just to differentiate the two.

Autoexc.bat plays no part in Windows. XP. It is only there for backward comparability with pre-Windows 98 programmes. Besides, the path statement only relates to drives and folders, not to physical disks.

Stuart


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