One Hard-drive bites the dust!
I have to agree with Queen-Evie, that's the sound of a mechanical failure of the drive.
To explain the "D:" drive scenario, I think
that your XP disk had "discovered" your RAM (memory) and seen it as a VIRTUAL hard-drive and tried to load XP to that. Your bios in this case allocated the "C:" drive letter to your CD/DVD-rom drive
A suggestion: try to find out what make of drive it is (Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Quantum are possibilities).
Ask a friend who has access to the internet to find the diagnostic tools for the drive on the Manufacturer's website and either burn them to a BOOTABLE
CD or a floppy-disk.
Insert the CD into your CD/DVD-ROM Drive (ensuring that you have configured your BIOS to boot FIRST from the CD/DVD-rom), OR insert the diagnostic floppy into your floppy drive. (from previous posts, it appears that your bios is configured to boot first from CD/DVD-rom).
I suggest that you ask the same friend to download the motherboard manual from the link that I gave you for your drivers, this will assist you with the configuration of your bios if necessary.
Switch on the PC and allow it to boot from the device (CD or Floppy).
This should load the diagnostics program to your ram and will allow you to do various mechanical and electrical tests on the drive.
I'm very much afraid that the diagnostic will fail the drive on the S.M.A.R.T test which normally indicates mechanical failure.
This then requires you to purchase a new Drive, and reload
your operating system and driver files again
. NOTE: When you purchase the drive, you must purchase a "IDE" or "ATA" or "PATA" (the descriptions vary) drive, as your motherboard does NOT support SERIAL ATA (SATA) !!
If you do manage a diagnostic, try to post back here with the result.
I HOPE YOU MANAGED TO BURN THE BOARD DRIVERS TO A CD BEFORE THE CRASH!!
Regards and good luck,
Please accept my apologies if I seem to take a long time to post back, I do this from home, as our corporate IT folks frown on us using our network for what they consider "frivolous activities".
Edited by Kevin384, 26 September 2007 - 11:13 AM.