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Old 04-27-2009, 08:09 PM
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Odd but true, I have a computer in my garage, along with 8 other garages (Apt. Complex) no internet. Media only. My light bulb blew out and killed power to the whole stip of garages..hence crash computer. Once power was restored computer says "Detecting IDE Drives..." But thats it, all it does is sit and read for hours. I only got one response from it, trying early to figure out the problem, the only option it gives on screen is to "press delete to exit setup", had to press key several times to get to work but entered BIOS... Well, I dont play with that stuff, so exit out to reboot and more of the same.. "Detecting IDE Drives..." But thats it, all it does is sit and read for hours. Could the Master Drive w/OS be fried..??
Don't want too.. but it won't hurt my feelings if need to format and reinstall OS , or if need, on other drive.. All Help Appreciated..

Will check back tonight..tomorrow..Thanx

Win XP
2-40GB hard drives (set correct)
2.66 gHz
1GB Memry

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Old 04-28-2009, 10:00 AM
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If the PC can't detect a drive it can't "see" it at all. This can be caused by a number of things, and the list gets longer if there was a power surge. I am assuming there is no surge protection in these garages?

Lack of detection can, indeed, be a blown drive, but it can also be generated by a motherboard if it has been damaged, by a bad data cable, by a poor connection, either at the mobo or the drive at the data cable, by a bad power cable to the drive, and I might be missing one or two.

You need to determine if the drive is spinning at power up. This can be done, sometimes by simply listening or touching, but you have two drives, so you would have to distinguish between the two. I recommend removing the power lead from the non-OS drive then power up and check. The surest way is to remove the drive from the case, keep it connected to the power lead (data cable isn't important to this test), power up, and see if you feel vibration. If you try to move it 90 degrees to the plane of spin it will resist (remember spinng a bike wheel while holding the axle at each then trying to twist it 90 deg to the plane of spin? That resistence).

If the drive is spinning up then test the connections at each end of the data cable (or replace it) by removing the connector, and putting it right back on. This will "refresh" the connection. The simple act of pulling the metal parts away from eacjh other and pushing them back on will scrape the pins clean (or cleaner).

If it's still not being detected then a drive you know is good is the next test. Just connecting it to the power and data cable is enough to test the system when you power up. If a good drive still exhibits the problem test the data cable (I'm assuming by now the power cable is known to be okay) by replacing it. If you can find a cable you know works in another system, that is best.

If, after all this, you still get the "not" detected" message then there's a good likelyhood that the problem lies with the motherboard.
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Old 06-24-2013, 02:15 AM
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This is a very GOOD recommendation. I am also facing the same problem with my home Pc. I will try replacing the Data cable . I fear my H.D sholud havenot been crashed. I have a whole lot of data in it........
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