Originally Posted by ShayL
Thank you, poppagene.
On the two GB motherboards I have, I've been able to work around the problem by always having an IDE drive or one pretending to be IDE by way of an IDE/SATA adapter attached as primary master.
It puts a host protected area on that, then finds it at boot and is satisfied and doesn't screw with any other drives I have hooked up.
But before I figured out what was going on it was driving me nuts.
And I think I was the first to raise the issue here.