Ok, here goes..... I installed Halo on my second hard drive, a Seagate Barracuda 80Gb 7200rpm ata 100. After about 20 minutes of play, the game dropped into super slow-mo. It got real jerky, pausing like it was gonna hang up. A few minutes later, it did lock up. I had to shut off the power at the UPS. After I rebooted, all my shortcuts from the extra drive were screwed, no icons.
I went into "My Computer" and the extra HD wasn't listed. Gone! I rebooted, nothing. I tried system restore, and it reported that it couldn't restore any thing on the F: drive because it wasn't hooked up. I tried using the Seagate install cd and it couldn't find the drive. I uninstalled/re-installed the Seagate software and it still couldn't find the drive. I created a Seagate diagnostic floppy and rebooted and ran both a full Seagate drive and a generic drive test. It listed only my Seagate drive. All tests came back perfect.
Any ideas? Isn't a new HD supposed to default to the next drive letter regardless of optical drives, in this case, D:? Is XP diff in that it doesn't do this?
Addition: After I came home today, I turned on the PC and Voila! The HD was back like it never left. Like a dumbass!!!!! I tried to play Halo again. Boom! Crash and the HD is gone again. I shut it down for an hour or so and it's still gone. This drive is only 3 weeks old!
I'm running XP Home with a P4 2.6, 512MBs of PC3200 DDR and a nVidia FX5200 graphics card on the Wifes comp. (my comps down with a bad power supply )