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HELP! BAD day with the new system, maybe trashed a drive


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Have 1 EIDE & 2 SATA drives in the new unit.

Hooked up the EIDE first, did the basic BIOS settings,
loaded XP, XP worked, everything going great, loaded
some anti-spyware, anti virus, etc.

Then hooked up the 2 SATA drives.
WD, came with a CD with setup etc on it.

Restarted with the setup CD in, XP found
1 drive, got it formatted, so far so good.

Wouldn't find the other SATA drive.
Should I have just hooked one up and
did the setup at a time?

Tried unhooking the responsive drive,
restarted, shut down, restarted, then
shut down and hooked it up again,
still no go.

PROBLEM - assembled the unit in less than
optimum situation, the EIDE and the 2nd
SATA drive suffered a fall during assembly.

Tried hooking the non-responsive SATA drive
with the alternate cabling setup with the
4 pin legacy power cable, in doing so,
inadvertently left the EIDE / C drive
unpowered. On startup, of course there
was an error in loading the OS from the
unplugged EIDE / C drive.

Plugged in the C drive, restarted, STILL
getting "error loading OS". Checking
cables, hookups, still same problem.
Is that likely a drive problem, or maybe
something that can be reset in the BIOS?

I've got to finish all the little setup items,
but being XP worked fine before, did I
trash the EIDE drive somehow? Or is
there anything I can try to get it back?

I suppose the non-responsive SATA drive
is just expensive trash because of the
fall it suffered?

Thanks for any helpful suggestions!

If you can't be helpful, be gentle
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Under the circumstances I would make a floppy with the WD diagnostic software and run it to test the drives. And do the same for the EIDE drive.
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I've got the WD CD - isn't that diagnostic software on there?

And how do I make any floppies without getting into XP?

I'm in a definite learning curve here.

Thanks!!
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You either have to install the software on the CD to a hard drive and use it to make the floppy, or go to the WD website where you may be able to burn an image of the diagnostic software to a floppy.
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