Okay so heres the deal. I have an internal drive 200GB had all of my music at least 80GB software, movies..basically all of my media. Had it as a slave in my older machine was working fine less than a month ago. Just did a new build, the mobo that I ended up getting only had one IDE connector so I could only have 1 HD and 1 CD drive. I got a 500GB external that I planned on using to dump all of my media onto from that drive. I connected the HD as a slave on my new system (jumper settings still the same because it was a slave on the last system) and it is not recognized in the bios at all. Tried different jumper settings. Nothing. Tried different IDE cable. Nothing.Tried a different machine alltogether. Nothing. The disk is not spinning up or anything it was working fine less than a month ago. It was taken out of the old system and put into a anti static bag and now wont even spin up at all. So last night I took it to a co-workers house cause he wanted to see for himself. The weird thing was that when he connected his drive to an older machine detected his two hd's and his cd room but would not boot into windows..It's almost like the drive is shorting out the IDE cable? Does that happen? I tend to look at software over hardware so I'm still learning. Just wanted to see if anyone had any ideas? before I take it to geek squad or something and pay out the ass for them to tell me they can't do anything or something like that. I don't want to lose all of my music. Took a long time to get it where it is today.