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Lost both HDD

by DOCSASST / December 6, 2010 4:14 AM PST

I am running Windows XP PRO SP3
The system was custom built
The C drive is 500gb and the secondary is 250gb
I have a real problem. I was formating a second HDD when all of a sudden the computer restarted and when it started doing the post could not find either of my HDD. It went through and tried to boot from the network..since there is none it just sat there any Idea's?

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Just a thought
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 4:18 AM PST
In reply to: Lost both HDD

This happened to me a short while ago.

What happens if you remove that secondary 250GB drive from the system. Disconnect the leads/cables and take it out, then reboot.

My 2nd HD failed and the system wouldn't boot, but when I removed the faulting drive POST went through and the system was fine.


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Boot, not reboot
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 4:20 AM PST
In reply to: Just a thought

The system should be powered down and disconnected from the mains of course, so I mean boot it up, not reboot.


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Lost both HDD
by DOCSASST / December 6, 2010 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: Boot, not reboot

Do you mean unplug it and let it sit the restart it?

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Lost both HDD
by DOCSASST / December 6, 2010 7:18 AM PST
In reply to: Just a thought

I tried that results the same..Tried substituting another drive with another O.S.on it..same says can not find Primary master or Primary slave

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 7:24 AM PST
In reply to: Lost both HDD

Details are slim here. No mention of IDE or SATA. No mention if IDE EMULATION is used if those are SATA drives. And not much about make, model, interface of anything.

Don't panic yet but let's get the details in a reply to your TOP POST.

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by DOCSASST / December 7, 2010 5:39 AM PST
In reply to: ouch.

Board: MSI MS-6702 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. Version 07.00T 04/02/01

PROCESSOR : 2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
HD master C drive = Maxtor 500gb
slave F drive = Maxtor 250gb

1024 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot '0' is Empty
Slot '1' has 512 MB
Slot '2' has 512 MB

OS Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3
When you start up it checks memory verifies meory
looks for Primary master and slave does not find any
Finds CD/DVD drives
can't find a HDD for boot rcd doesn't find it looks to floppy finds no floppy
goes to CD ROM finds nothing tries to boot from ntwk but no ntwk so it just keeps trying to find it
what more do you need?

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Just the facts.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2010 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: LOST BOTH HD

I noted that IDE or SATA was not revealed so that remains unknown if it's the old SATA XP issue.

It would be best if you replied with the missing details to your top post.

In the meantime you can try gently pushing in the cables and telling the forum if the drives SPIN UP.

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lost both HD
by DOCSASST / December 7, 2010 12:52 PM PST
In reply to: Just the facts.

sorry for the over site both drive are IDE and the Spin up

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 7, 2010 1:10 PM PST
In reply to: lost both HD

It would have been best to reply to your top post so I could have removed my request for more details.

At this point it's one of three things, maybe four.

1. IDE cable.
2. Motherboard's IDE port is gone.
3. Drives are dead.
4. Jumper settings.

When I reach this point I've put in a new 80 conductor IDE cable, checked my jumpers and usually find another machine or my USB2IDE cable for a HDD check.

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