has been shutdown to prevent damage to the PC". When the PC rebooted and was going thru POST it attempts to access the hard drive,clunky type noise every 10 seconds and then comes up with the message "Third Master Hard Disk Error".
Went into Bios and HDD is recognised by auto detect setting but the drive size is shown as zero GB instead
of 160GB. Other settings appear to be O/K. Tried booting to DOS and cannot find C: drive, tried using a
couple of Western Digital DOS recovery and diagnostic programs. Diagnostic came up with a "unknown error" status code number 0101 and the recovery program did not detect the presence of the HDD.
System : Asus P5GD1 PRO, Western Digital WD1600JD (160GB SATA) Hard Drive, XP Home OS.
Does this suggest that the hard drive has failed?. Any help most appreciated