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Working on a friend's PC and I can't get the drives (80GB and 20GB IDEs) to show up in the BIOS. I installed XP on it for him a few weeks back. Everything worked fine until now. He said iTunes messed it up....

I double, no triple checked the drive jumpers and connections. Drives don't sound like they're spinning and I don't feel any vibration. I threw an old drive from my parts bin in it and that shows up fine in the BIOS, so I'm guessing the drives are in fact bad.

Oh, the motherboard is a vanilla ASUS P4P800.
    
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It sounds like the HDDs are bad... have you tried them in a different computer? Just to be sure its not the motherboard being silly.

If they aren't even spinning up then its either the HDD that's dead (most likely) or the PSU is being weird.

The fact that both HDDs are dead would suggest that a faulty PSU may be to blame... could have surged the power line to the HDDs? Just a thought!
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I'm going to plug them into my computer to try and rescue his data. I was thinking about the PSU too, but like I said the drive from my parts bin shows up. Definitely not the mobo as I swapped IDE ports for the optical drives and hard drives. The optical drives show up, but the hard drives still don't show up.
    
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I'm going to plug them into my computer to try and rescue his data. I was thinking about the PSU too, but like I said the drive from my parts bin shows up. Definitely not the mobo as I swapped IDE ports for the optical drives and hard drives. The optical drives show up, but the hard drives still don't show up.
    
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However unlikely, it does sound like both HDD's are toast for whatever reason. Hard to believe both would go out together though, is really odd. Did you try either of them by themselves and not both hooked up? I'd try individual and on each IDE channel if the MB has two. Putting them in your computer will determine it for sure though, sounds like the best way.
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Tried both hard drives individually and on each IDE port. Same thing. I'm gonna put them in my computer later today.
    
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post #7 of 7
if both of them went out at the same time there may also be an issue with his PSU, so you should check it. as far as the HDD's, if they don't show up on the BIOS but dont make abnormal sounds it is most likely just the Logic boards, so you might see about swapping them with identical logic boards and see if you can get his data back. this usually only works if you transfer one of the chips off the logic board though. your best bet would be a data recovery center, if any of the data is actually worth recovering.....
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