the first thing i tried was to load Seatools on to a bootable disk to check the drive. i let that run over night and it showed no errors. if i jump the cmos it will show me the checksum error message then continue again to "DISK BOOT FAILURE". The next thing i tried was to make a windows system disk (note that i have windows 7 home premium on my HDD but the disk i made was for Win7 Ultimate" I booted up from the disk and went to the repair options, it did not show my hard drive in the list however if I tried the option to "load driver" it allowes me to browse my hard disk where i could see all my data intact, so i know its detecting my HDD on some level.
So rite now I'm stuck, I don't want to try to reinstall windows yet because i have a feeling that it might have nothing to do with the hard drive being corrupted at all. my motherboard flashes various numbers on the onboard readout but it doesn't hang on any particular one so I'm not sure which lead to follow. Please let me know if you have any advice for me or if i have done something wrong. at this point i'm sure i have fried at least 1 thing but i don't want to jump to conclusions before i go out and start replacing parts. any suggestions or insight in to what damage a power surge could have caused please help me.
Mobo: Abit ab9
cpu: intel core 2 duo
HDD: seagate barracuda 500gb
OS: win7 Home premium
let me know if more specs are needed. thank you!
Edited by wordisbond, 18 July 2012 - 02:20 PM.