|hi mickliq, yeah, so do I find it hard to believe! but that is exactly what is happening. |
the boot sequence in the bios is CD, then the WD hd; attempting a normal boot, we get "insert a bootable disk & re-boot" (not precise wording but you know the msg)
but with the windows installation disk in the CD, windows does its setup, then displays all the partitions, delete, format, etc.
the guy at spinrite (not Steve) told me that this is because Windows install does not use the bios.
Hi DAVE, yes there are (were ) 2 drives , the second one being a 40g seagate.
the Windows install does NOT show that drive now, so I am assuming it is the one that conked.
and yes, both drives were working normally as I used REVO UNINSTALLER to clean up the system.
when I saw it has an 'EVIDENCE REMOVER' function, that says it just does a thorough wipe of all DELETED space, I started that, giving it all partitions on both drives - exactly what I wanted, to clear out all deleted space where all my personal data had been.
well revo finished, but the system was frozen, and on the re-boot, the clanking began, and as described previously.
so the WD 120g drive is there, Windows formats it (I have done this 3 times now, creating new ptn on unused space, etc), writes on it (and afte it is finished I can READ the log file, using 'type' command).
but somehow the bios doesn't see it. I reset the bios to default, have tried different settings for the WD, but nothing yet.
guess my next step would be to contact the bios folks, ASUS.
OR just give up and recycle it as scrap. except for the monitor which is an Acer 20 inch flat screen.
thanks for your replies,