swap bay no longer working

Asus motherboard / Unsure (sorry)
June 14, 2009 at 03:15:28
Specs: Windows XP
I recently repaired my xp installation using the inst disc. Before the repair, my system setup was a 40 gig hardrive split into two partitions, 9.5 gig for the operating system, and the rest on D: CD rom is drive E: for the burner, and drive F: is another dvd drive. I also had installed a swap bay, not hot swap, you had to shutdown in order to change drives in the bay. It was a 180gig hdd split into two partitions of G: and H: since the repair of windows i havent been able to boot the computer with the swap bay loaded. It freezes on the first screen of startup. if u pull the drive while its frozen the computer will continue to boot normally. Does anyone have any ideas of how i fix this problem or can tell me how to install the swap bay from scratch so i can use my music drive again? would appreciate any help at all

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June 14, 2009 at 05:25:26
Have you checked and reseated all the cables?


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June 14, 2009 at 22:00:47
That was the first thing i did :)

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June 14, 2009 at 23:29:07
Was the swappable drive in it's bay when you did the repair?

Did you remember to select which drive to Boot from in BIOS setup? You had to select Boot from CD to do the repair.

How is the swappable Bay connected to the Motherboard? Are your HDDs IDE or SATA? Both?

Double check all HDD connections, both ends. Just recheck all connections,PSU,Drives. Look for bent pins in Swappable Drive.

Your System Identification would be vey helpful, no Crystal Ball here.

On 2nd reading, it sounds like it's trying to boot from the Swappable drive. Risky unplugging the Swap Drive HOT.

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.

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June 15, 2009 at 04:28:44
Hi Bob,
Thanks for posting. To answer your questions....
No.. the swappable bay was not connected when the repair was done
Yes... it was booted from the cd rom in bios then bios settings were returned to their original state.
The swappable bay is connected to the motherboard via IDE cable and the drive is set to slave.
There are no bent pins in the swap drive connector.

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name PANDA
System Manufacturer System Manufacturer
System Model System Name
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 3 GenuineIntel ~1715 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software, Inc. ASUS P4S333-VM/WOAGP/WOL ACPI BIOS Revision 1006, 24/05/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale Australia
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name PANDA\panda
Time Zone E. Australia Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 256.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 73.77 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.21 GB
Page File D:\pagefile.sys
Does the swap bay need drivers??? and if so is it possible i lost them during the repair??... just a thought.
Thanks much,

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June 15, 2009 at 04:36:03
I also noted in my system information a gig of ram is missing, so am correcting that issue currently

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