HDD Not detected

Maxtor 500gb hard drive
December 31, 2009 at 07:25:26
Specs: Windows XP SP2, Intel Dual Core / 4GB RAM
My HDD has stopped being detected.

I have very recently replaced my CPU (The old one was burned and no longer worked) and bought a new chunky heatsink.

When my PC was reassembled I made sure everything was plugged in. New SATA cables came with a new motherboard (Not installed in this PC) which I decided to use for my HDD and DVD-ROM. They have handy clips so the cables do not slide out.
I used these cables to elimate the possibility of a faulty connection.

When I powered on the PC, POST test was performed and then it moved to the BIOS, which asked for the 'System CD' to be inserted. The DVD-ROM is set as the secondary boot device, and I found that my HDD was not being detected.

When I attempt to insert the system CD and perform a Windows System Repair, it demands for a disk to be inserted into a floppy drive which the PC doesn't have.

IDE HDD Auto-Detection on all channels could not detect the HDD.
IDE Channel Master / Slave and 'Access Mode' are set to Auto.

The HDD has been with us since we bought the computer, so it's about 2 years old.

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December 31, 2009 at 07:39:30
Burnt CPU may be due to PSU problems....and bad PSU could burn the HDD out....try the HDD in another computer and see if it is detected.....

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January 1, 2010 at 13:57:52
The CPU was burned because my previous heatsink only had 2 clips, bottom left and top right clips.
It is understandable that heat got to parts of the CPU that had no clips to secure the heatsink.

I'm planning to take the HDD down to College and try it in a computer. The Computer I'm on right now is my fathers' and he is not allowing me to test the HDD on this.

Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

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January 1, 2010 at 14:05:16
Go into the BIOS and set the DVD as the first boot device. It will then boot from the CD and not try to boot from the floppy disk.

The chances are that there was nothing wrong with the old CPU. It was just shutting down becasue it was overheating. CPUs do that.


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January 1, 2010 at 15:37:57
One odd thing about SATA drives is if the cable is folded tightly it won't work right. open up the cable if that is the case. Could be many other things too.

One other thing to note is that some motherboards have some SATA ports that don't support a bootable drive. So if the drive is connected to a different port than before you may need to move the cable.

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