I finally put my rig together last night.
I got XP installed and had this rig running beautifully with everything I needed (drivers, software, etc).
We go to turn it on today and we hear a hard drive spinning and failing. We look up the boot sequence in BIOS and suddenly the 300G HD is no longer recognized.
this is the HD in question: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
In the rig is another 160G HD I salvaged from another computer. We installed XP on that HD. BIOS continues to recognize that HD, but not the 300G.
Also, we could not get Windows to start, despite the computer recognizing the HD it is installed on (160G).
Sigh. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thank you!