Yes, the data cable is secure. Even tried a different sata cable. Asrock customer service said to flash bios. Trying to figure out how to do that one. Have put the bios update on an external hdd, bios recognizes external hdd but cant find the update. Think i am gonna sleep on it. Thanks for any suggestions.
You said that you put the BIOS update on an external HDD. ASRock says that the hard disk must be in FAT32 format. If your external HDD wasn't formatted as FAT32 that's probably why it can't find the update.
Lucky enough to have a great local computer shop. Took my old HDD in, they determined it was dead. Sold me a new HDD at not too bad of a price. They plugged it in and made sure bios was detecting the new drive, and sent me on my way. Installing Windows now. Thanks for helping me ko888.