XP Reboots when I add new HDD!


Clubber Lang

OK. I'm running XP Pro. My machine has run fine for a long time. I have a 20 gigger as a primary drive and a 40 gigger for backup purposes. I has another 40 lying around, formatted and partitioned, so I decided to install it and throw some stuff on it. I swapped the 2 40-gig HDDs and powered up. It POSTed fine. When XP booted up, it was doing the autodetect and auto install. It recognized the drive as a WD 40 gig, it recognized it as a hard disk drive, but then immediately after that, it rebooted. I tried it again with the same results. So I swapped the drives and am getting the error still...

Coincidentally, I have a Sony DSC-S70 DigCam. I plugged it into the USB port and turned it on to transfer some photos. The machine recognized it as a Sony DSCS70, recognized it as a removable HDD then rebooted!!! So I'm guessing it has something to do with the drivers for the HDD or something like it. I actually have no clue what it could be. Could someone PLEASE!!!! shed some light on this for me. I've checked the MS Knowledge base but to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Clubber Lang

By swapped I mean I took the 40 gig drive (E: Drive that I used as a storage/backup HDD) out of my computer and installed another 40 gig HDD that I had lying around.

Clubber Lang

OK. I booted in safe mode and unchecked the restart automatically under the advanced options somewhere. I then restarted in normal mode with the new HDD installed. Upon checking it, I received the dreaded Stop Error saying "IRQL_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL_...". I know there are a plethora of threads in reference to this. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!


I had that error too (amongst others) when installing WinXP on PC #3 (look below at sig for spec). I gave up and put 2k back on cuz theres too many possibilities of what it could be :/

have u ran a chkdsk or somethin on the hdds?

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