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Hard Drive Problem

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#1 johnny logic

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Posted 11 August 2006 - 05:16 AM

Hi, all. This is my first post so please be gentle! :thumbsup:

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.



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Posted 12 August 2006 - 10:25 PM

Hi John,

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.

I agree. SP2 shouldn't have made the drive disappear from your system. Try connecting just the 40GB drive and see if it shows. It sounds like your hard drive has died.

Good luck


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Posted 13 August 2006 - 12:02 AM

Plug the 40GB drive back in to the end of the IDE ribbon cable and set the jumper for master but do not plug the 120GB drive into the middle connection on the IDE cable just yet. Make sure the other end of the IDE cable is properly connected to the motherboard, in fact, if you have another IDE cable replace the one that is in the computer with it. (there should have been one that came with the second hdd)

Boot the system. Does anything happen?

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Posted 14 August 2006 - 06:00 AM

Thanks for your help guys. :thumbsup:

I tried all different ways of connecting this drive (with the 120GB, without the 120GB, different jump pin settings, etc.) and nothing worked. Looks like it was simply this drive's time to go!

Have now bought a replacement drive and this seems to be functioning ok.



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