Random Windows reboot loop SATA HD not recognized?

By Legoflamb
Feb 3, 2011
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  1. Ok so some background:

    a while ago this computer had a bit of a mischief when the power went off in the house. Weird errors when starting windows etc.

    long story short I've reinstalled windows etc and it seemed fine for a few weeks. Now it has this random reboot loop thing.

    Also to test it wasnt the hard drive I did a chkdsks \r (the one that fixes stuff) and it seemed ok but tried plugging in a brand new sata HD (the one in it at the minute is IDE) and tried to install windows on it but it says that there's no hardrives detected etc.....

    Is this some crazy motherboard thing left over from the power failure?

    I'm fairly stumped....
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    It may be adding to the problems.

    First though are you using XP, if so you need to install SATA drivers during the XP install or it will not install to a SATA drive.

    To test the old hard drive you need to use hard drive diagnostics supplied by the manufacturer.

    Lets try to sort out the SATA drive first to get the PC running.

    Does your PC have a floppy drive and can you get the use of another PC with a floppy drive?
  3. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 150

    Thanks for the reply Mark - didn't realise anyone had or I would have beeback here sooner.

    The computer was really old anyway, it was just good at the time of purchase.

    Another one has been bought!
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    OK, thanks for letting me know.

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