Motherboard flamed and now can't see hd's

Posted on 2004-11-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I am new to this so bear with me,

1.)Have a AMD Athalon 2200 running as a 2000 Server, the original board literally fried last night.  Installed a different board and went to boot up and I get error message that says "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER".  I removed both of the Hard drives and installed them in another computer as slaves and the other computer see's them when booting up, but does not see them once windows has started.  I am not ready to re-format either drive as I am not sure they are dead.  I did hook a 3rd drive to the computer that is working and it saw it just fine, so I would lean towards both of the original drives being toast, but until I know for sure?  I would not think the motherboard flaming out would fry both harddrives, can it?  What's my next step?  

2.) Also I have been xcopy /a/c/h/e/k/r both of these drives, but how would I re-install this xcopied info?  And can I just move the copied c drive to a newly formatted drive or will I have to re-install 2000 server first?  Time is of the essence, I would gladly give 1000 points to get this fixed.

This is my trial by FIRE!!!

Question by:apaddle
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    Assisted Solution

    You will need a proper software to copy those drives

    Ghost or a small free tool called xxcopy, but you will need to do fixboot/fixmbr to restore the boot sector
    this works for fat32 and NTFS
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    Accepted Solution

    U r lucky to see both Hard Drives and the data they have. As suggested... use third party utilities to copy the HArd Drives.. Try "drivecopy" from power quest to copy the whole drive or try Partition Magic 8 to copy one single partition. This will enable u to use the copied hard drives without installing Win2k Again...

    Caution.. Dont trust Old Fried drives for ur important data...
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    Expert Comment

    What type of system was running on the other PC? If it is windows 9x and your problem disks are ntfs formatted, you will not be able to see them (using fdisk you should see the disks).

    Have you tried using other cables from the disk to the mainboard?

    Author Comment

    Sorry, I just found out these were part of a raid, and the new motherboard did not support raid, so I am assuming if the motherboard doesn't support raid then it probably would not be able to see the drives contents?  I am in the process of purchasing another identical MB and hopefully this will take care of everything...


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