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Bios sees slave drive but XP will not accept it!

On an Asus A8S-X (soc 939) with latest bios I run XP (part C/D) with a slave as (part E/H) and everything runs just fine for @ 2 year. Then a crash, new drive installed same partition C/D. Up and running everything fine, but slave do not show up in XP. Drained it on another comp, re-formatted the drive. Started and yes bios found it. But XP did at first not to see it. After a few re-starts and checking for new hardware it did!! Made part E/H & format via XP, then reboot, but XP refuse to see it. Goes on an on. So changed to 2 new drive. Same problem. Again another 2 drives, same problem. (different brands). Now it's becoming a personal challenge of sort.

All drives IDE, yes tried all combination on the jumpers, changed cables etc. etc. I have been into this since 8088 20mg. (All drives runs fine as slave in other comp, dif. boards though)!!

Very seldom have I had problems with boards. Or could it simply be a problem in XP? In the meantime the XP on C/D drive, boots and work just fine.

Well, here's where it gets interesting. Installed Jauntry 9.04 as a master and mounted the 2nd drive as a slave. No problems there, Ubuntu loads both drives just fine?? This using drives that XP didn't see but bios did.

I'm very curious to find a solution, chucking a board without coming to grips with some form of closure is like giving up. And this was my last 939 soc board...

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Do you have the option to set the start time on the HD bios 1 second behind the MB bios? I think if you can find that option you will fix your problem. The Bios on your board will see the drive but during normal boot, Xp drivers take over to run the hard drive so if you can slow the HD bios to 1 second behind the board bios this will fix your problem.

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The first partition on the master is C. If there are no other physical drives, the next partition will be D.
However, introduce a slave drive and the primary partition on the slave becomes D, pushing the old D (the second partition on the first drive) to E. If you remove the second drive, E will once again become D.
If you are confused, think about the programmers that wrote that stuff. To further confuse things, Western Digital has a different setting for a solo drive and a master. The other manufacturers use solo and master as the same setting.
Through my rambling, you may have discovered your problem.

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Did you formatted the drive using ubuntu? you need to have the primary partition at least FAT32 format or windows is no going to see it. You ca uses the other format Microsoft uses, NTFS, FAT16.

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