|Well I came into work this morning and found another computer on our network that blue screened with the same result - hard drive not found in bios. To fix that one, I had to change the controller and then it was see and booted up again.|
Apparently at one of our offsite locations there is an outbreak of some new virus and this may all be related. I was connected to our campus mail server at the time my laptop blue screened. All of this has happened in the past two days so doubt it is a coincidence.
I have tested my hard drive in another computer and the files are all there and accessible. Ran chkdisk, did fixmbr and fixboot but laptop bios still says IDE adapter not found - the hard drive does spin in the laptop so it has power from that same controller cable.
I am thinking that I will need to replace the controller.