Sec slave HDD error

By puneet.kapoor22
May 14, 2008
  1. I have opened up my PC after an year or so.I tried to install windows XP on it but when the setup was aborted in between.Again when I restarted it, then setup says no hard disk found on your computer.

    I thought it will be a better idea to format it once.I connected my harddisk to my friends PC and made it as sec slave.

    I checked in the BIOS setup that my hard disk was properly detected(along with primary hard disk of my friend). But when I exit the BIOS it says Sec Slave HDD error.If I continue by pressing F1, it boots normally from the primary hard disk and does not show any drives of my hard disk.

    Please suggest me what to do.
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    With your HDD attached to your friends machine check to see if Windows recognizes it via the Disk Management utility (Start > Run > diskmgmt.msc > Ok).

    If it's not recognized odds are your drive is defective and you may want to look into a replacement.
  3. Tedster

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

    A lot of crap can happen in long term storage - for one - static build up especially with dust. If you took the drive offline to a second computer and it was not picked up, the drive is probably toast. But to be sure, hook it up to a USB connection to check one more time.
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