I would start bye checking the drives to make sure they are setup for Master and Slave. The reason for this is I have found not all older system like Cable Select. If that did not work my next step would be to try each drive individually just in cause one of the drives was damage when the computer dyed. If one or both of the drives do work it more then likely an issue with the computer trying to run all 3 drives in this case I would take the two biggest drives and hook them up. If that still did not work I would try changing out the IDE Cables if I was still having problem?s I would try Using a different hard drive out of a working system if that one works it a issues with the hard drives out of the old system if that one does not work it more then likely a issues with the IDE on the Motherboard.
I have been using an old IDE 80 GB HDD with a laptop
HDD (20 GB IBM Travelstar)with 2.5 to 3.5 HDD converter...One of my old systems burned up so I canibalised ALL of it into the other old one. I plugged the same 2 HDD into that system with along with a Maxtor 40 GB IDE and inexplicably the system recognizes the 2 of them as gibberish in the BIOS registering as a single 97 GB. I dont have RAID on this system. System is a Celeron 750 MHz, 256 RAM,Win XP, 1 IDE 40 GB HDD, LG DVD-Burner and the drives in question...Anyone has any ideas on why?
Thanks in advance...