Heres the situation......
My ususal hardware set-up is as follows:
I've got 3 hard drives installed; 1x120gb SATA for the operating system (XP pro), 1x60gb IDE for all of my standard data (Word docs etc) & 1x80gb IDE for 'entertainment' (where I rip my music to for my ipod & storing photographs).
A couple of days ago I got a read/write error to the 'entertainment' drive as I was trying to play some music. I then tried to open a file from my 'data' drive but got a message saying that the disk structure was corrupt & unreadable.
I've spent the last couple of days trying to access the two IDE drive but to no avail so initially assumed that both had failed at the same time
Today I've tried to access a floppy disk in my PC but getting no joy with that - I don't get anything, not even the 'click' that a floppy drive usually makes as it starts.
I've checked to see if it was a PSU issue (by using a brand new PSU that I've got) but it doesn't appear to be.
I've also checked to see if its a hardware problem with the floppy drive by using a floppy that 100% works & get the same 'non-event'.
I've changed all the ribbon cables between the motherboard & the 2 IDE drives & the floppy and am now getting frustrated!
When I enter BIOS, it recognises that the SATA, IDE & floppy drives are connected.
The SATA drive works persectly (enabling me to submit this post).
Because of the situation that I've just discovered with the floppy drive I was wondering if the two IDE drives are still ok (fingers crossed as there are some precious files on them) and that its a problem with the motherboard (ASUS K8V-MX).
Could it be the IDE controller that has gone? Has anyone any views?