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HARD DRIVE PROBLEM.

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My problem is this:
Yesterday while I was working on my pc, the computer jammedand i restarted, only to restart with It didn’t load windows but, showed ablank screen with the message

PXE-E61 - Media Test Failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel Boot Agent.

Naturally I panicked. I restarted but still the same. Pleasenote that I have two hard drives (SATA): One (200 GB Seagate) with the OS (WINXP) and the other for myfiles (500GB Seagate). I did some research on the Internet and assumed thateither the HD are faulty or fried or that this might be a boot problem in thebios (boot sequence). So I checked the bios and would not recognize the harddrives (The order was floppy, DVD, Harddrive, then Network). I played aroundwith the sequence but still nothing. Ithen thought that it might be a cable problem. I switched the SATA cables, Ieven replaced them with new ones. I then proceeded with the power cables.Nothing. I then attempted to check the Hard drives by themselves. I left the OSHDrive and it booted all ok. I then placed the second hardrive and would notrecognize it. I assumed that there might be a problem with the secondHarddrive. I attempted to placed them both again, but again it would notrecognize either. I them checked the second Harddrive on another computer, andagain it would not recognize it, but it would recognize the OS Harddrive of theother computer.

Is there a possibility that the OS of my 1st Harddrivefaulty and it may be causing a problem? If so then why doesn’t the secondhardrive get recognized on the other computer? So I connected my second Hardrive with a Sata USB connection. I heard itspinning! but would recognize the USBbut said UNKNOWN Device. I tried to use HDD Regenerator but would not find thesecond Harddrive.

I thought of using the freezing trick, but I am too afraidto do so, scared of what happens after.

My Work of THREE long years is on that drive and I am verydisappointed and confused.

Any suggestions please?

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If the first drive will get recognized on another computer but not yours it would lead me to believe that the controller on your motherboard went out. But the part about the non os drive not getting recognized at all leads me to believe that drve went out. First i would definately take the drive somewhere to have the info transferred or if you can hear it spin up you might get lucky and it will work after you get your os to boot. it wouldn't hurt to have it backed up though. Before you do anything too drastic try to get your hands on another drive and see if you can get your PC to recognize any drives, if not then you will need a new motherboard.

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