Primary Hard drive error in post

Asus Essentio desktop with intel pentium...
May 5, 2012 at 17:22:58
Specs: Windows Vista, Intel Core 2 Quad / 4x2gig RAM sticks
Hi, I have an Asus Essentio CG5270-BP003 Desktop PC - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5GHz, 8GB DDR2, 750GB Primary WD HDD, 1TB Secondary Hitachi HDD, 2TB Tertiary Hitachi HDD, DVDRW, Vista 64bit home premium

The other night I was watching videos stored on my third (2TB) internal HDD. At one point the video began jumping and freezing. I opened task manager, shut down the video program (VLC) and rebooted the computer. When I came back up, I noticed that my third HDD was no longer listed on my computer. I figured "dead drive" and left it at that for the evening.

The next day, I walked into my room after leaving the computer idle for a few hours and got a blue screen of death. I tried rebooting again and this time, I got a primary hard drive error after the BIOS post shows the drives all being detected. I tried rebooting again with only the primary drive plugged in and got the same message.

I tried booting with the recovery disk to try and recover to a partition on the main drive but it's showing no drives available to recover to. I tried recovering to the second hard drive... the one I was positive had nothing wrong with it... and got the same message. The drive is detected in the post but cannot be used for recovery. I thought it may even be a problem with the RAM sticks so I yanked them all out and swapped them around and got the same problem. I tried with only one stick and got the same problem.

To me it points to hard drive failure, but the chances of 3 hard drives failing at the same time has got to be astronomical. I think I can rule out mobo/processor failure because it does post right? The memory is the same issue as the hard drives. I can see one or two sticks failing, but all four?

I'm kind of at a loss right now. Any suggestions?

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May 5, 2012 at 19:30:03
Run Memtest via bootable CD and make sure your memory is good. No error is acceptable.
Then run hard drive utility from the hard drive mfg to test hard drives. If they show up in BIOS (and your memory proves good) then the utility can test them, Seagate's Seatools are reported usable on nearly any conventional hard drive (via bootable CD).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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