I am facing a weired problem, the details of which is as follows.
I use Win XP Pro with SP2 and updated with latest hotfixes. I have 2 HDDs
, one 160 GB SATA II
and the other 80GB Sygate Barracuda 7200 rpm IDE
. The first one is set as Master
and the other as Slave
. I have found out that though during the boot the BIOS correctly recognizes the 80GB HDD
, but after XP loads, it does not recognize the 80GB HDD or its partitions when I double click the my computer Icon.
As I select Disk Management
after right clicking the My Computer
icon, I can find that the second HDD is listed with the 4 partitions and the initial 8GB free space; but the details of the partitions are not shown
, it only shows the sizes of the individual partitions and mark those as healthy
. The details of the partitions are not unavailable
. As I select any of the partitions and select Properties
, these partitions appear in the My Computer
There is one more observation
: I found that when this problem occurs, the time to load XP is about 3-5 mins.
My computer is malware free
The 80Gb disk has 5 partitions, the first is a unformatted 8GB free space where I intend to install Linux in future. There are 4 other out of which the second one is FAT32 but rest are NTFS.
I am really troubled by tis problem, so could someone provide me with a solution?