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I have a computer problem. My DVD-RW kept rebooting, every time I put in a CD or loaded Roxio. So I plugged in an old CD-RW drive, and it started making awful noises. I had to turn it off with the switch, but then it would not turn on. So the power supply was fried. I put in a different power supply, but it would not boot into Windows. At one point, I saw Windows XP come up, but it started cycling. The BIOS recognized the 2 hard drives, but I still had problems. I got a message about incompatible ATAPI drive, and invalid partition table. I tried another power supply, and the C drive made these awful clicking noises, even without the IDE attached, so I figured it was fried. But I put in another computer, and it's not making noise; I used R-studio, and I see all my files; it's scanning right now. The D drive is in another computer, working fine. So I'm wondering if the hard drive is messed up, or is it the mother board, perhaps the IDE ports got fried. Yet it boots from a CD just fine. The CMOS settings look ok, and I did some motherboard tests with a boot CD, and they passed. BTW, I’m a certified tech, but this has me baffled. Your ideas are appreciated.
 

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Since it is apparently bootable from CD and assuming it's an IDE CDROM drive, then it would appear at least one of the IDE connectors is good. Try moving the cable to the other IDE connector. If it will still boot from CD, then your IDE controller is good.

For testing your HDD's, use the drive manufacturers disk tools from the sticky: http://www.techsupportforum.com/f234/hard-drive-diagnostic-utilities-302602.html
 
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