Pardon the cross-posting. win2000 newsgroup is practically dead.
What could have happened to cause this problem? Master and slave
drives were switched without me doing anything.....
The system has Windows 2000 Prof. Today I shut down powered down the
system as usual - Start > Shut down, etc. The an hour later powered up.
When the first screen came up, I noticed the slave drive mfr/model was
listed as master and vice versa. I let it start up as normal, and the
desktop was like when first installed. Opened Windows Explorer and c:
drive was in fact the former slave. Former master was now one of the
other drive letters. All the other drives were there, but with
I also noticed something in the recycle bin - which is normally empty.
It has a couple of backup folders that had been on the original master.
They were 1-2 GB each, and there's no way I would have deleted those
accidentally. If they were deleted it would take a minute on this
machine to go thru the deletion process. So I moved them back to a
safe place on a drive.
Then I hit start > shutdown > restart. Hit DEL and sure enough they
were showing up as being switched. I set it up to manually set them
back, rebooted and all came up normally again.
Now all is back to normal.