hard drive failed or motherboard problem?

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I have a computer that seemed to of died at random
we walked in and the thing was just off (we left it on)

I turn it on and it says "drive 0 can not be found"
I took the drive out of that box and put it into mine as a slave..
and it says drive o and 1 can not be found.. I tried master as well.. same error msg..
so I'm assuming the drive went bad, over heated (I dont know)
the drive spins up and powers up.. just no computer I put it in seems to find the drive..

heres the real problem:
when I try to install a new hard drive in the comp..
it keeps tellin me "drive 0 can not be found"

Ive tried 3 different spare drives I have..
and I know these drives to work..
some are unformated, other with win xp installs..
and the comp keeps tellin me it cant find the drives..

my question is:
is there anything like bios settings.. or some kinda config
that I need to delete/clear so that the comp will find the new drives I put into it?

any ideas before I buy a quick 300$ dell to replace it?


Baseband Member
try changing the IDE cable.. if it still fails . these is some problem with the IDE drive in Motherboard..


Fully Optimized
Also try the secondary IDE port on motherboard .The primary may be shot. Also have you formated the new drive and made an active partition? If not that will be a problem also.


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NB, Canada
One the other system could you get it to boot off its hdd with the problem one as slave?? and if so does it show up in the bios/post screen and have you looked in computer management? You could try resetting the bios, clear the cmos/remove the battery and/or jumper. And is the other machine XP? because if it is formatted in NTSF then 98 or ME won't recognize it at all.
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