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Boot Problems - Primary Hard Drive Fail


Basically my old motherboard was shorted out by a bent usb pin. The back panal with ps/2 and usb ports didn't work but i could run the pc with a usb mouse from the front usb slots. I then decided to get a new motherboard asap to get the pc running again - i brought a msi km4m with a 2600 athlon processor for cheap until i save money for a new dual core system. Stupidly i didn't even think to check that my hdd (maxtor 6y160m0) was sata 1. 0 and this motherboard has only ide drives. So i got a sata to ide converter connected it up, and the hdd is recognized. When the power is turned on the screen gets to "detecting ide drives" then lists the drive. (The only one i have connected) after about 2 minutes the message "primary hard drive fail". I have searched and seen other posts about similar problems but it seems that they generally get stopped before the list of drives comes up. With my problem its one step past the "detecting ide drives" when they are listed. I have swapped the sata cable to no avail. I have also tryed to insert the windows xp cd to attempt a repair but the cd doesn't even attempt to run, the same situation as before happens. Any ideas - the hdd isn't dead as its running fine on this pc where i am backing up my files at the moment.

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