Harddrive failure on boot up

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On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up he gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he attempts to do that his computer gives him a message saying that it does not recognize either of his harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the problem didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas on what is causing the problem? We've tried just unplugging one harddrive and booting up but it has the same problem.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Did he do a reinstall of the operating system?

    go into the BIOS to see if it is recognizing the hard
    drivers. If it is make sure all the boot sequence are set
    to boot from hard drive.

    >-----Original Message-----
    >On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up he
    gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he
    attempts to do that his computer gives him a message
    saying that it does not recognize either of his
    harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the problem
    didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas on
    what is causing the problem? We've tried just unplugging
    one harddrive and booting up but it has the same problem.
    >.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Yes we've tried reinstalling windows and it still says that it can not find the harddrives. I check under the BIOS and they aren't their either. Any ideas what could be causing this?

    "anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:

    > Did he do a reinstall of the operating system?
    >
    > go into the BIOS to see if it is recognizing the hard
    > drivers. If it is make sure all the boot sequence are set
    > to boot from hard drive.
    >
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up he
    > gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he
    > attempts to do that his computer gives him a message
    > saying that it does not recognize either of his
    > harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the problem
    > didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas on
    > what is causing the problem? We've tried just unplugging
    > one harddrive and booting up but it has the same problem.
    > >.
    > >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Check all the IDE cables end connections and power
    connections. They could possible be loose, if the BIOS
    doesn't recognize the drives

    Are both hard drives on the same IDE cable? Switch the
    primary and secondary connecter of the IDE cable to the
    hard drives.

    Are the CD/DVD devices being recognized by the BIOS on
    the other IDE controller? Try switching the hard drive
    IDE cable at the MoBO to that IDE controller that the
    cd/dvd are hooked into. If the cd device works on the IDE
    controller that the hard drives were connected, the
    controller is fine, its possible the cable used on the
    hard drives went bad. Switch out with the known good one
    that is connected to the cd device, and go out and buy a
    new cable.

    What brand of computer, MoBo (if known), and hard drive?

    >-----Original Message-----
    >Yes we've tried reinstalling windows and it still says
    that it can not find the harddrives. I check under the
    BIOS and they aren't their either. Any ideas what could
    be causing this?
    >
    >"anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:
    >
    >> Did he do a reinstall of the operating system?
    >>
    >> go into the BIOS to see if it is recognizing the hard
    >> drivers. If it is make sure all the boot sequence are
    set
    >> to boot from hard drive.
    >>
    >> >-----Original Message-----
    >> >On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up
    he
    >> gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he
    >> attempts to do that his computer gives him a message
    >> saying that it does not recognize either of his
    >> harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the
    problem
    >> didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas
    on
    >> what is causing the problem? We've tried just
    unplugging
    >> one harddrive and booting up but it has the same
    problem.
    >> >.
    >> >
    >>
    >.
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    We'll give the IDE switch up a try and see what happens the computer is a custom job, the MoBo is unknown, and the Harddrives are Seagate.

    "anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:

    > Check all the IDE cables end connections and power
    > connections. They could possible be loose, if the BIOS
    > doesn't recognize the drives
    >
    > Are both hard drives on the same IDE cable? Switch the
    > primary and secondary connecter of the IDE cable to the
    > hard drives.
    >
    > Are the CD/DVD devices being recognized by the BIOS on
    > the other IDE controller? Try switching the hard drive
    > IDE cable at the MoBO to that IDE controller that the
    > cd/dvd are hooked into. If the cd device works on the IDE
    > controller that the hard drives were connected, the
    > controller is fine, its possible the cable used on the
    > hard drives went bad. Switch out with the known good one
    > that is connected to the cd device, and go out and buy a
    > new cable.
    >
    > What brand of computer, MoBo (if known), and hard drive?
    >
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Yes we've tried reinstalling windows and it still says
    > that it can not find the harddrives. I check under the
    > BIOS and they aren't their either. Any ideas what could
    > be causing this?
    > >
    > >"anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Did he do a reinstall of the operating system?
    > >>
    > >> go into the BIOS to see if it is recognizing the hard
    > >> drivers. If it is make sure all the boot sequence are
    > set
    > >> to boot from hard drive.
    > >>
    > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > >> >On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up
    > he
    > >> gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he
    > >> attempts to do that his computer gives him a message
    > >> saying that it does not recognize either of his
    > >> harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the
    > problem
    > >> didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas
    > on
    > >> what is causing the problem? We've tried just
    > unplugging
    > >> one harddrive and booting up but it has the same
    > problem.
    > >> >.
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >.
    > >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Well we tried but he doesn't have IDE cables for his harddrive he has fire wire. and I checked and rechecked the connections...and still no luck. Is there anything that we are missing?

    "anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:

    > Check all the IDE cables end connections and power
    > connections. They could possible be loose, if the BIOS
    > doesn't recognize the drives
    >
    > Are both hard drives on the same IDE cable? Switch the
    > primary and secondary connecter of the IDE cable to the
    > hard drives.
    >
    > Are the CD/DVD devices being recognized by the BIOS on
    > the other IDE controller? Try switching the hard drive
    > IDE cable at the MoBO to that IDE controller that the
    > cd/dvd are hooked into. If the cd device works on the IDE
    > controller that the hard drives were connected, the
    > controller is fine, its possible the cable used on the
    > hard drives went bad. Switch out with the known good one
    > that is connected to the cd device, and go out and buy a
    > new cable.
    >
    > What brand of computer, MoBo (if known), and hard drive?
    >
    > >-----Original Message-----
    > >Yes we've tried reinstalling windows and it still says
    > that it can not find the harddrives. I check under the
    > BIOS and they aren't their either. Any ideas what could
    > be causing this?
    > >
    > >"anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com" wrote:
    > >
    > >> Did he do a reinstall of the operating system?
    > >>
    > >> go into the BIOS to see if it is recognizing the hard
    > >> drivers. If it is make sure all the boot sequence are
    > set
    > >> to boot from hard drive.
    > >>
    > >> >-----Original Message-----
    > >> >On my roomates computer when he tries to boot it up
    > he
    > >> gets a boot from cd message. The proble occurs when he
    > >> attempts to do that his computer gives him a message
    > >> saying that it does not recognize either of his
    > >> harddrives. His PC is only 6 months old and the
    > problem
    > >> didn't occur until about a week ago or so. Any ideas
    > on
    > >> what is causing the problem? We've tried just
    > unplugging
    > >> one harddrive and booting up but it has the same
    > problem.
    > >> >.
    > >> >
    > >>
    > >.
    > >
    >
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