It's a wonder that a company would retain an IT staffer that claims MS would be at fault for this. Think about this long and hard. No MS software is at play at this point.
Hard drives, cables, motherboards do fail. It's the IT staffer's job to maintain backups and repair if that's in their job description but I hope my comment here will help save some IT staffer's job. They should know better.
Last night, an employee in the company I work for started a Microsoft windows update download for the all the computers on the server before leaving. Today, my boss came in to find all of the computers mysteriously powered off, and one of them (a Dell Desktop using XP Pro) he can't even boot up anymore as it cannot detect the IDE hard drive. As this was all the information we had to work with, we both were forced to assume that it was the Microsoft update that did it. Upon further inspection, however, I found that the firewalls on all the computers were off, and there was absolutely no form of internet protection on the pcs. Seeing this and considering the strange way the computers shut themselves off without being told to, I thought it highly likely someone kind of virus or worm made its way onto a computer and then the server .
Is this a logical or at least plausible assumption? Any ideas? He started a virus scan with Avast before we both left and will try Spybot tomorrow, don't know the results yet. Even if it does find a virus, though, is there anyway to tell if that's what caused this?
In the meantime, what could we try to make the one computer read the IDE hard drive? It's not showing up in the BIOS.
I would greatly appreciate any help!