View Full Version : Primary Master disk Fails!!

05 May 2002, 11:56 AM

After using my computer in the current configuration for two years now I suddenly get the following error message and the comp. will not boot : Primary master disk fails. It happened after a crash of my TNT 2 driver related to OpenGL while starting medal of honour.

Hardware: Maxtor 30Gb DiamondMax.
MB Asus P3v4x: via 4-1 version 4.27
Win XP pro
VGA: Viper 770 TNT 2.

I have tried all i could think of:

HDD scan with CHKDSK and MAXTOR tool: no errors found.
Virusscan (bootsector): no virus.
Full format and repartitioning (was needed anyway).
Rewrite bootsector: FDISK /mbr
Reflash BIOS to 1005.
Still the same message!!

The odd thing is that my drive will work properly on another comp. and another HDD works ok on my computer!!!

How can there be a conflict while the same configuration worked for 2 years now??

Can anyone help me?

Regards Tom from Amsterdam.

05 May 2002, 02:17 PM
Well, if you've done teh whole BIOS/boot sector/format deal and it still won't work in your system I'd say put it in the computer where it does work and buy a new hard disk. They're really pretty cheap now, and it's not like you have anything left on the drive that has been formatted.

05 May 2002, 07:14 PM
i had this problem with a few machines recently and i ended up with this small solution.

i am running win2k or xp on all boxes so it is all ntfs

i took the offending drive (which also did not work in current machine but would work in other machine) and simply ran scandisk on it in another machine
i also ran 'fdisk /mbr" on it several times

put it back in original machine and it worked
still to this day have no idea what it was that did it but for 5 different machines that worked.

this may not be the same thing but it is worth a try

Joe Snow

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