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My slave HD becomes undetected at times

by Gus Knust / January 20, 2006 3:03 PM PST

Hi,
I have WinXp SP2 running on an AMD Duron (847MHz) with 576 RAM, PC Chips mobo, and two seagate HDs.
I have windows installed on a primary hard disk of 80Gb and a 20GB slave hard disk which I use to store music and personal stuff.
A couple of months ago I reinstalled winXP for performance's sake. I formatted the 80Gb HD and clean installed the OS, then I copied all the stuff I had backed up in the 20Gb HD into it and finally formatted the smaller HD. I have done all the window updates and keep my pc free from viruses and spyware (use BitDefender, Ad-aware SE and System Mechanic).
Last week, however, my PC has just not been itself, behaving in the following strange way:
It starts "normally" and all the icons appear on my desktop, but then they flash and vanish. The wallpaper is there, the mouse cursor is there, but I just cannot access any software for there's no icon, no start bar, no start menu. Calling the menu using the keyboard does not work. So I have to press ctrl+alt+del and when the task manager opens, I shut the PC down, but it takes too long to log off and eventually I have to reset it. Then, when it starts again, it starts "normally" except for the fact that my second HD (D:) is missing and is not detected, but at least I can shut it down properly. If I restart my computer, it might start allright or with D: missing, but usually it takes one more reboot to make my second HD be detected and work properly.
Sometimes, if my PC has been on for some hours, all the icons on my desktop will flash and D: will suddenly and misteriously disappear.
What is going on?
Can anyone help me make this stop happening? Would that be a windows problem or my hardware is about to fail? Why? Has anyone ever seen something like that?
Please, Help!
Gus

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I've seen it before
by tomfeldsten / January 20, 2006 3:56 PM PST

I just took my computer to the shop and they charged me a couple hun, but it worked good as knew whens I got it bak.

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Sounds like
by phantazy / January 20, 2006 4:01 PM PST
In reply to: I've seen it before

Something on the 20g drive is causing the problem. Try disabling it, rebooting without it.Re-connect it and if that doesn't work try a new ribbon connector.

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Thanks
by Gus Knust / January 21, 2006 2:28 AM PST
In reply to: Sounds like

Thanks, man, I'm gonna try it right away!

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bull's eye!
by Gus Knust / January 22, 2006 8:28 PM PST
In reply to: Sounds like

Hi there, Phantasy,
you know, you were right, man. I opened the case and checked the ribbon connector... which simply broke at the first push right where it connected my second HD. So I got a new one and now everything went back to normal!
I just still wonder why it caused the primary HD to start without any icon on the desktop... but what the heck... it's fixed!
Thanks one more time (you know that in some other forums people posted the strangest things? that my HD had died on me for good, or that a complete reinstall of XP would be necessary... flash the Bios...)
Gus

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