Hi, all. This is my first post so please be gentle!
I currently have the following Hard Drive set up on my PC:
Master: 40GB IBM Deskstar 120GXP 7200rpm
Slave: 120GB IBM Deskstar 120GXP 7200rpm
Windows XP is installed on the 40GB drive.
This has worked fine for the past 3 years but, last night when I booted up the machine, all I got was a "Disk Boot Error - Insert System Disk" message.
On checking the BIOS, there was no sign of either drive listed.
I have double-checked all connections within the PC and they seem fine (including jump-pin settings).
I then swapped the drives over so making the 120GB drive the master and, on boot up, this was detected (and shown in BIOS) but the 40GB drive (which was now the slave) was still not recognised.
Am I correct in assuming this drive is now dead? If so, any ideas on what might have caused it?
I am a bit suspicious that this happened the day after I upgraded Windows XP to service pack 2 but do not see why this should have done anything. An electrical surge perhaps - but the PC is plugged into a surge protected socket (unless this is now faulty)?
Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.