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System crashed, hard drives no longer detectable in BIOS

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I was using my PC (AMD chipset) running Windows 2000 when suddenly an error message came up and said something to the effect of "cannot read partition".  My computer rebooted and can no longer detect either of my Hard Drives in the BIOS.  What can I do?  I had no problems with this machine before now and regularly (weekly) scanned my system for viruses with Norton.  Now I have a BIOS menu and nothing else.

Please assist.

Thank you.
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I think the hard disk died. Take it to another machine and see if the BIOS sees it there. If not the HDD is probably dead and can't be fixed.
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You can also try to reseat all of the cables (replace them if possible) to see if they'll spin up again. If they do, I suggest you try to copy your data as soon as possible (or use CrazyOnes list wich I posted at: http:Q_20778366.html (thanx CrazyOne, it saved my but a couple of times))

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p.s. If this list helps you, give at least 50% of the points to CrazyOne, I never got the chance to do this. I found his list by a google search.
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:)
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CrazyOne, this is the only way for me to say thanQ. ;-)
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by:Rob Stone
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How many IDE cables are you using?  If the HDD's are on different IDE channels I would say its probably the motherboard thats gone (providing CDROM's, etc aren't showing on the BIOS).

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I am uncertain of the number of IDE cables I am running, but the BIOS does show the CD-Rom drives.  What could cause this sort of problem? A virus?

Aj
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you can take your hard disk to data recovery labs like 'ontrack' to recover all the data that was in the disk before it was spoiled. They are very good at this job.
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