I need your help with something. I believe that both of my harddrives have been ruined. I have a system with two hard drives. One is a 4 year old Maxtor ATA-133 40GB (Master) that I use for my OS system, the other is a 1 year old ATA-100 Western Digital 160 GB (Slave) that I use for storage.
I was running my computer when my hard drive LED clicked on. My system froze up and when I tried to restart, the BIOS couldn't get past the "detecting IDE devices" step. I couldn't even get into the BIOS check my settings. I disconnected the 160 GB drive and booted the system again. This time the 40GB drive was detected but the startup froze at "Verifying DMI Pool Data". I tried to boot from the CD-ROM again and I was able to so I am only able to enter the BIOS or boot from anything when the 160 GB drive is disconnected (when I try to connect the 160 GB drive by itself or with the 40GB drive I cannot get it past the "detecting IDE devices")
Anyway, when I connected ONLY the 40GB drive I was able to enter the BIOS and boot from the CD-ROM (only with the 160 GB drive disconnected). I booted up using my windows XP CD and tried to repair the Windows partition but it said it couldn't detect ANY hard drives even though my 40GB drive was still connected and it holds my Windows System files. I tried reinstalling Windows XP to this drive but, again, it didn't detect ANY drives.
I disconnected BOTH my 40GB and 160GB drive and connected an old Maxtor ATA-33 20GB drive. Everything works fine using this drive. I am able to boot, install, Windows XP. In fact, I'm typing from the new installation right now.
what I tried to do next was access the other two drives using the 20GB drive as the master and the 40GB and 160 GB drives as slaves. When I do hook up the 160 GB drive as a slave drive I still cannot get past the "detecting IDE devices" step even though the 20GB drive is the master drive and it has a working boot record to a working Windows XP installation.
I guess my question is...
How did this happen? How did both hard drives get ruined?
Is there anything more I can do to verify that these drives are toast?
Is there anyway to get any data off these drives?