I have a Dell D600 computer. The hard drive slot is IDE. I have used two drives with the computer, one Hitachi 60 GB (original drive) and the other a WDC Blue 160 GB. I had cloned the 60 GB drive to the 160 GB drive and used the lower capacity drive as backup. The OS is Windows XP SP3. All was running well until last weekend, when the large drive would no longer boot. It was seen in the BIOS as a 137 GB drive but would not boot. I ran the Dell Diagnostics from the BIOS and received the message:
DST SHORT STATUS TEST--FAIL ERROR CODE 1000-0142
At the suggestion seen at other sites, I attempted to run chkdsk from the Windows XP installation disk installed repair / recovery console. With the drive in the IDE slot, the installation disk would stop running after the program attempted to identify the system hardware. I then put the drive into the USB cloning device (Apricorn), and this time the WXP installation ran and found a Windows installation on the large drive attached to the USB port. I got to the recovery console, ran FIXMBR, FIXBOOT, and chkdsk /r. After that completed, I reattached the drive to the IDE slot, but it still would not boot.
I placed the 60 GB drive into the IDE slot and the computer booted. While in WXP, I attached the 160 GB drive through the USB cloning device. The drive was recognized, and I could work with the files on it.
I attempted to boot from the large drive attached to the IDE slot once more, but again it failed.
So I have a drive that cannot boot from the usual IDE slot but can be seen when another drive boots the OS from the same IDE slot.
I would appreciate any furthers ideas to try out.
Thanks in advance.