Hard disk CLICKING and CRASHING system!!

By Mandrake
Feb 10, 2006
  1. Strangest thing!

    I have two IDE drives as master and slave on same ribbon controller. The primary drive repeatedly clicks and whirs loudly during boot up, crashing the system before Windows has even loaded - but ONLY when the slave drive is connected!

    When I disconnect the slave drive, the primary disk behaves itself and boots windows normally in silence!!!

    I assume my primary drive is in the process of dying, but why does it malfunction only when the slave drive is connected? Could it be a power supply issue?

    My system:

    Athlon XP2600
    300W PSU
    1GIG RAM
    Nforce 2 board
    ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    Hammerfall PCI sound card
    2 x 120GB IDE DRIVES

  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Are you sure it's not the slave drive causing the crash and making noises?
  3. Mandrake

    Mandrake TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the quick reply :)

    I seem to have solved it!. I tried replaced the IDE cable with a spare and both drives seem fine now. Live and learn!

    Thanks again
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