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    Dissapearing Hard Drive, help required

    Not sure what is going on but my machine keeps losing my spare Seagate 120Gb ide drive, this is starting to happen mostly after the pc comes back from Standby mode, but has also happened twice while the machine has just been idle for a few hours.

    Also probably not connected but Auto play on my dvd and cd writer drives is not working.

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    IDE driver Ms 5.1.2535.0: Sata driver the same as ide.

    IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers

    NVIDIA nforce4 Serial ATA controller (listed twice) driver version: 5.10.2600.666

    Primary IDE channel driver version: 5.1.2600.2180 Ms dated 2001.

    Secondary IDE channel, driver version: Same as primary IDE

    Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE controller, driver version: Same as primary IDE

    I have reinstalled XP about 4 weeks ago when I installed the new Sata drive.

    Any help greatly appreciated.
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    At a guess I'd first check whether or not you correctly reset the jumpers on the IDE items after installing the SATA drive (i.e. do you have a primary and slave on channel 1 and then another primary on the 2nd IDE)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucio View Post
    At a guess I'd first check whether or not you correctly reset the jumpers on the IDE items after installing the SATA drive (i.e. do you have a primary and slave on channel 1 and then another primary on the 2nd IDE)
    Thanks for your reply.

    Well a couple of basic errors on my part, 1st one had no jumpers selected

    Now have it set to master, is this correct?

    Hopefully this will have sorted it, but only time will tell.

    Any ideas about the "auto run" not working on either of my dvd or cd re writer drives.
    Last edited by philip41; 30-07-2007 at 10:20 PM.
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    Try:
    right click on optical drive in Explorer
    Select properties
    Select AutoPlay tab

    Set as required or try Restore Defaults
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r View Post
    Try:
    right click on optical drive in Explorer
    Select properties
    Select AutoPlay tab

    Set as required or try Restore Defaults
    Just did this no luck I'm afraid, would there be a registry setting that i could check, i seem to remember a few years back doing this for a mate, but cannot remember which entry it was or where i found the info.
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    So the drives work OK generally, will run stuff if you double click, you can burn to the writer OK, but neither will autorun? (which is ironic as I like to turn AutoRun off and sometimes it just wont!)??
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    OK something else to try:

    Windows XP - Solution 1
    • Obtain and install TweakUI (part of the PowerToys for Windows XP package from Microsoft), and then start TweakUI.
    • Expand the My Computer branch, then the AutoPlay branch, and then select Drives.
    • Turn on the checkbox next to each drive letter for which you want AutoPlay enabled.


    Windows XP – Solution 2
    • Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom.
    • Double-click the Autorun value, and type 1 for its value. (If it's not there, create it by selecting Edit -> New -> DWORD Value, and typing "Autorun" for its name.) I believe Value 0 = Autorun Off; value 1 = AutoRun On).
    • You may have to log out and then log back in for this change to take effect.
    • Note: With this solution, Windows will no longer be notified when you insert a new CD. To make sure the correct icon and title for the current CD are displayed in My Computer and Explorer, press F5 to refresh the window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EtheAv8r View Post
    OK something else to try:



    Windows XP – Solution 2
    • Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
    • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom.
    • Double-click the Autorun value, and type 1 for its value. (If it's not there, create it by selecting Edit -> New -> DWORD Value, and typing "Autorun" for its name.) I believe Value 0 = Autorun Off; value 1 = AutoRun On).
    • You may have to log out and then log back in for this change to take effect.
    • Note: With this solution, Windows will no longer be notified when you insert a new CD. To make sure the correct icon and title for the current CD are displayed in My Computer and Explorer, press F5 to refresh the window.

    That was the setting i remember thanks, plus the Autorun issue is now fixed.

    Not 100% sure on the other issue though, have not lost the drive since last evening, but after a reboot or coming out of standby opening "My Computer" is very slow opening, about 30-40 secs.
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    If it's just disappearing randomly while the machine is on it's got nothing to do with autoplay or jumpers - and certainly not jumpers with anything SATA related.

    It just sounds like it's dying. Same symptoms my Seagate 7200.10 displayed while dying, though of course it's a SATA drive.

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    Gav it is the IDE drive mate that is disappearing not the Sata.

    The autoplay was a different issue.(fixed that bit)

    I had had my suspicions that it may be the drive dying.
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    I know, I was saying my SATA drive displayed the same symptoms as your PATA when it died.

    The first comment was me saying that changing jumpers on the PATA drive isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference just because a SATA drive had been installed, as Lucio seemed to be suggesting.

    Apologies to yourself an EtheAv8r regarding the Autoplay issue - hadn't read the 1st post correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    I know, I was saying my SATA drive displayed the same symptoms as your PATA when it died.
    Ah i see, my bad.

    I have the drive in question all backed up, so if it does die its no real biggie.

    I fancy getting another Sata drive anyway.
    The first comment was me saying that changing jumpers on the PATA drive isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference just because a SATA drive had been installed, as Lucio seemed to be suggesting.
    Cool, i'll remember that one for the future should it arise.

    Apologies to yourself an EtheAv8r regarding the Autoplay issue - hadn't read the 1st post correctly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
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    Apologies to yourself an EtheAv8r regarding the Autoplay issue - hadn't read the 1st post correctly.
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