Cannot boot intermittently - HDD not being recognized

By Saurav
Aug 24, 2008
  1. This machine is 8 months old


    AMD Athlon 4000+
    1 gb ram

    Originally, there was only 1 Samsung SATA based 160 Gb HDD with installed Win XP. Never had any problem. Two weeks back, I installed a secondary 360 Gb SATA HDD (Seagate) Since, then, intermittently every 5-10 days; I encounter the problem of computer not booting. When I check the BIOS config, it fails to recognize my primary 160 GB Samsung HDD. After I turn off computer, and restart after 5-10 minutes, the computer boots up normally. There is no problem once the OS Loads

    What could be the problem? Is this defect of this mobo model? Please help - i am very anxious

    I have never updated BIOS but will that help?
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    you might want to do a clean install.
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