WindowsXP doesn't load properly with 2 HD

By nayajd
Jun 1, 2005
  1. I recently bought a new hard drive (160GB) from Western Digital, and when I plugged it in along with my existing HD (an 80GB Maxtor that contained the XP OS), and whenever XP loads (i have an XP pro), the screen flashes (like its turning itselt on and off) while the initial programs load (eg. antivirus software, yahoo messenger, etc.) Does anyone know the cause of this?
  2. Grok451

    Grok451 TS Booster Posts: 85

    More info please:

    Is the new hard drive recognized by XP?

    Does everything seem to work normally (no more screen flashes) after the booting process?

    Have you tried removing the hard drive to prove the flashes are indeed due to it?

    Is the new hard drive on the same IDE port as the 80GB drive and jumpered correctly? WD drive have to be jumpered exactly correctly.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    And the original harddisk may also need to be set to 'Master' first.
  4. nayajd

    nayajd TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I did that and the computer loaded up fine the first time..

    When I tried running it for an hour.. it froze up.. Now it freezes almost everytime (although it always starts up) sometimes it would even freeze up before windows starts to load..

    I'm listing the full specs of my computer...

    300W Power Supply
    pentium 4 2.7GHZ
    p4S8X-X Asus Motherboard
    80GB Maxtor HD
    160 GB WD HD
    Liteon CD/R Drive
    Liteon DVD/R Drive

    can you see anything wrong with it? thanks
  5. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Is your Bios seeing the HDD correctly ?
    Remember Windows still has the 137Gb limitation depending on some bios setting etc.
    Did you format the drive with WD's software or in Windows itself(I would try to partiton and format from Drive managment in Computer management program.
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