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Simultaneous hard disk failure? Is that possible?

I am running a 120GB SeaGate Master with a 40GB Western Digital Slave with Cable Select on a IDE Connection.

I had several Viruses on my computer and decieded that it was time for a Format and Install. I wiped my drive, Formatted with NTSF (or whatever), and proceded to install XP. Once it was installed, I noticed that I had left a few USB devices in and that I could not get them to work right.

I figured I could sit through an other Re-Install. I shut the computer down, but then turned it back on when I realized that I needed to grab a file. When I tried to turn it on, I noticed that it took a long time to get to the Boot Screen (Where it shows all your info). When it finally got there, it said , "Disk Read Error, Please press CTRL ALT DEL to restart."

So I did, and I got the same thing. I tried setting the hard disk to Master, unplugging stuff, starting it up again, and I kept getting the Disk Read Error. I also got, "Can't Load OS", and a "CheckSum Error," once each, but other than that, Disk Read Errors. I changed the ribbon Cable, switched settings, everything.

I got into Windows XP Recovery via the Install CD, and tried FixBoot. It told me that my boot Sector was either Corrupt or Missing. It fixed it, but the same thing happened. I loaded Recovery again, and it did the same thing. I tried EVERYTHING in Recovery.

Then I decided that I would install XP on the 40 gb. I unplugged the 120, and set the 40 to master. SAME PROBLEM! Nothing is different between these! I get the same errors. What should I do?

Both harddrives can be accessed as slave drives on another computer. I haven't tried installing XP on them on another computer yet.
post #2 of 19
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Bump.

I also noticed that the 20+4 pin Power Connector on the Motherboard had come loose, and only the 20 was plugged in.
post #3 of 19
A power surge can take out everything connected to the source.

Anyway, try wiping one of the drives with SeaTools or something. If it's unable to do so, the drive is almost certainly dead.
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If the USB devices are flash drives and you formaatted your drive. Or you have flash drives installed you need to unplug them.
I formatted one time and left them plugged in and my drive with the os became a f:\\drive. They told me that I can change it in services but if a os is installed on a drive you can't chage the letter.
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reset CMOS?

and put the drive to cable select.. and only plug one in at a time
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I refuse to believe that two harddrives bootsectors corrupted at the same time. I can still access them on different computers. I just can't boot from them on my normal computer.
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Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
A power surge can take out everything connected to the source.

Anyway, try wiping one of the drives with SeaTools or something. If it's unable to do so, the drive is almost certainly dead.
It still works as a slave on another computer.
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If the USB devices are flash drives and you formaatted your drive. Or you have flash drives installed you need to unplug them.
I formatted one time and left them plugged in and my drive with the os became a f:drive. They told me that I can change it in services but if a os is installed on a drive you can't chage the letter.
How can this be if I CAN'T BOOT!
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reset CMOS?

and put the drive to cable select.. and only plug one in at a time
Tried. No change. Still gives me "Disk Drive Error, Please Press CTRL ALT DEL to restart.
post #8 of 19
Sounds like your hard drive controller may have died.
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Sounds like your hard drive controller may have died.
Which is?

I can still boot from CD-ROM, just not HDDs. What is a HDD Controller? And is there a way to fix anything.
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Sounds like your hard drive controller may have died.
Is that on the motherboard, or Hard Drive?

I believe the problem is with the MoBo. I have sent an RMA request.
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