Bios/Startup not detecting HDD/fails to boot

Cybertronpc Magnum xv3044 3u 9.0 tb rack...
September 26, 2009 at 11:10:43
Specs: Windows XP
I recently purchased a new 9800 GTX+ and a BFE 550 Watt Power Supply

After correctly hooking up the cables and booting up my system, It fails to boot due to not detecting the hard drive.

I have tried many cable configurations and tried putting in my old hardware that I upgraded from.

Each with no luck.

I am not very savvy in BIOS, I am running a Biostar motherboard. and from what I can tell the BIOS is not detecting the hard drive either.

Any suggestions?

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September 26, 2009 at 11:26:05
Check the hard drive cables, to make sure they are completely inserted. SATA cables are particularly susceptible to being jostled loose.

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September 26, 2009 at 11:32:31
I've checked the cables over and over for the past couple of hours, I am 100% positive that they are correct.

I am currently running my machine on the old hardware, 285 Watt PSU and my 8600 that I had taken out of it, still not detecting the HDD

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September 26, 2009 at 11:49:51
It's hard to believe that the drive would fail coincidently with your being inside the box, but I guess it's possible. Did you swap the power cable? The female pins on them will sometimes get spread and fail to make.

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September 26, 2009 at 12:02:15
I believe I have debunked it, just want your opinions.

I hooked my SATA HDD up to my roommates PC. due to him only having 1 SATA port open(which was the one his HDD was hooked up to) I had to hook my HDD up as his master drive.

Without adjusting the jumpers, I booted up the computer, and just as on my PC his also did not detect my HDD. Therefor that would conclude the the drive is dead, correct?

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September 26, 2009 at 13:30:13
If his bios is set to auto detect, I would say the drive is Kaput, but the timing is sure strange.
Is the drive spinning? If not, I wonder if the motor bound up. Some times a sharp knock will free it up temporarily, long enough to save some data.

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September 26, 2009 at 14:35:22
Thanks for your input. just got back with a 1TB Seagate HDD. Everything is up and going and I am installing windows now.

So the problem was: Dead Hard Drive. Odd Timing indeed.

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September 26, 2009 at 14:52:37
Good work Friskyy. That was kinda weird. :-)

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