I have an ASUS P4S533.
Bought a new HD, Maxtor 40 GB 7200 RPM ATA 133, installed Win XP, then when I was installing the modem drivers the system start sending me error messages regarding the access to the HD.
So I changed the HD with the older HD, Maxtor 30 Gb 7200 RPM ATA 100, with Win 98, and the system said the FAT was damaged that it'll use the second copy. After several reboots I couldn´t start the system.
Tried fdisk/mbr, sys c: from a bootable floppy but didn'correct the problem.
So I tried another one, Seagate 15 Gb ATA 66, with Win Me, the system didn't boot.
Tried to reinstall, wouldn't let me, tried format, said the disk was damaged.
All disks where created on the same system
Downloaded Maxtor and Seagate utilities, used them and the three disk where Ok.
Flashed the BIOS, with same version, in case it was corrupted by of a virus.
Performed a low level format on Maxtor 40 Gb with the Maxtor utility
Tried to install Win XP on Maxtor 40 Gb, couldn't finish the formatting process due a HD problem
Tried to install Win Me on Seagete 15 Gb couldn't finish the formatting process due a HD problem
Used Maxblast 3 on Maxtor 40 Gb to format, tried to install Win XP couldn't start installation due a Hardware Error
Tried Maxtor 30 Gb and Seagate 15 Gb on other System, can´t acces the disk.
Is there a chance I can recover the HD's?
Is there a way to asses if the MoBo is dead?