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Old 25th September, 2005, 04:57 PM
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xp sp2 recognizing hd

hi,

i have a 120 gig hd that's on my primary ide channel as the slave drive. in the bios for that channel, i disabled it by choosing "not installed" so i'm thinking the bios won't even try to seek it upon boot. however in xp sp2, i CAN see that hard drive. what gives??? right now i'm thinking that xp is overstepping its boundaries.

its funny how i found out about this...after restoring my pc after a crash, i disabled my second hd in the bios. but i forgot about it. transfering files across drives took forever. i looked in the device manager and saw that my second hd was set to dma mode 2. i was shocked and thought that it should be at mode 5. i went in the bios and saw that the whole drive has been set to "not installed."

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Old 29th September, 2005, 02:17 AM
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Try leaving the HDD enabled in BIOS and let XP decide its DMA mode.
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