I "lost" my SATA hard drive yesterday, I had Windows XP 64 bit installed on it, but as I found driver support for XP64 very poor, I decided to install a further 250Gb PATA drive and bought a new copy of Windows XP Pro for that, the intention being to transfer everything over at my leisure. For 3-4 months I have been booting from either hard drive depending on what I wanted to do. Whilst on the XP64 operating system yesterday, it suddenly froze, CTRL ALT DEL did nothing, so I pressed the reset, on reboot, my SATA hdd was no longer seen, so I booted to the PATA hdd, installed VIA RAID and found all my files still on the SATA drive, why would it suddenly become unrecognizable by the BIOS?
I have now disabled the SATA boot detect option in the BIOS to get rid of the annoying "Drive could not be found, the BIOS is not installed"
These are my system specs... AMD Athlon XP64 3500 CPU, 1GB ram, Maxtor SATA 250gb hdd, Maxtor PATA 250gb hdd, ASUS A8V deluxe mobo.