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HARD DRIVE INCOMPATABILITY ISSUES

HI. I HAD TWO WD VELOCIRAPTORES INSTALLED IN MY PC AND CONTROLLED VIA AN ADD-IN 3WARE RAID CONTROLLER AND SET AS RAID 0. I RECENTLY PULLED ONE HARD DRIVE OUT AND THE 3WARE RAID CONTROLLER CARD OUT AND RELOADED MY VISTA/64 BIT OPERATING SYSTEM. EVERYTHING WORKS FINE, BUT I KEEP GETTING '' SECONDARY SLAVE DRIVE ADAPI INCOMPATABLE ' EVERY TIME MY PC BOOTS UP. MY MOTHERBOARD IS THE ASUS P5E3 DELUXE WIFI APP. NEITHER OF MY VELOCIRAPTORS CAME WITH ANY ' JUMPER ' ON THE BACK OF THEM. I ONLY HAVE THE ONE HARD DRIVE AND MY DVD PLAYER INSTALLED. CAN YOU HELP ME?? Thank you.

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I evidently figured this problem out on my own. Because I pulled these two drives apart and they were part of a two disc array, the 3Ware Raid controller assigned one as "master" and one as "slave". So, even though they will appear as perfectly good hard drives to ANY pc and you can load an O S on them, they will read as either a slave or master upon hard boot-up. There are two ways around this. One--you can leave them in your pc and "delete" the array in the BIOS and then re-format them, or Two--before or after you reload your O S, power down and unplug your pc. Then pull the COSMOS battery out and reset the "clear cosmos pins" on the motherboard. Leave the battery out for 3 to 5 minutes and then re-install the battery and re-set the "jumper pins" back to their original position. Ofcourse, if you had any overclocking settings previously set in the BIOS, you will have to set the parameters of your choice once you re-boot. It actually takes longer to write this explanation than to do the deed. Problem solved.

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