Cannot load windows: Hard disk powers down briefly during bios, then comes back up almost immediately

Cannot get windows to load from hard disk. During Bios the hard drive seems to turn off and back on again quickly. Have tried using external hard drive bay for power only (internal IDE cable used) but the problem does not seem to be with the computers power supply, since the problem replicated itself using the external bay's power supply. Guessing it has something to do with the motherboard, IDE controller or hard disk itself.

I will supply more information if needed.

Miikka Johnson.
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FriarTukConnect With a Mentor Commented:
is SMART enabled in the bios for your drives?

try checking the drive by booting from the xp cd into recovery console & running "chkdsk /r"

also try the mfg diagnostic utility:


IBM and Hitachi 




Western Digital

try putting into the external drive bay & attach it via usb to a system that works (making sure you can open files)
hold down (F8) during boot. select safe mode and enable boot logging if you can get that far. See if you can boot from a floppy disc. if you can then run C: \>scannow...Hope this helps..Booda2us
nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
connect your drive to the other ide connector, and test -did you try another cable yet ?
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try the disk in another PC, and if it does the same there, you've gotten a high-tech paperweight!
Miikka_JAuthor Commented:
Sorry for the delay in replying. Problem has since been solved. Tried most of the things suggested.

Discovered drive worked when used in the external drive bay with someone elses computer. Pulled out cables and such with the motherboard. Discovered nothing wrong with the cables, but that the one socket on the motherboard dosent seem to work anymore.

So now just have the CD as slave and the hard drive as master on the one remaining socket on the motherboard. Just as long as the other one dosen't break should be fine.

Thank you all for the suggestions
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