Hard drive boot

June 9, 2010 at 06:59:56
Specs: server 2008
Here is an interesting one. I have two hard drives in my computer (IDE). One set on master and the other slave. I loaded master with 2008 operating system and it worked well for a couple of weeks. Now the hard drive will not boot up. I looked at the bios and it no longer sees the hard drive. I disconnected the slave but that didn't help. I took out the RAM and cleaned them with an eraser.Now on about ever third or fourth boot it sees the hard drive but will still won't boot up. I removed the hard drive to another identical machine that I know works but I get the same results. Something is dumping my hard drive. This has caused me to reload the OS several times at which I'm now pretty good at). Same results. Bad drive? Bad motherboard? Your guess is as good as mine.

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June 9, 2010 at 09:46:27
If you moved the drive to another computer and it still isn't found
by BIOS then the drive is toast.

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June 9, 2010 at 10:21:59
Try changing the IDE cable. Use an 80 wire/ 40 pin cable to attain best results. IDE cables are easily damaged as the way the cables are assembled is fragile.

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