Hi I upgraded my pc recently, including the installation of a large SATA drive. Once all was well, I planned to plug my old ide hd in too, copy over what files I needed, then format it for use in some way later, as a second drive. The thing is, when I plug the ide drive in, it gives this funny low level beep as the pc is booting (not booting from the ide drive, just in the pc as a 2nd drive, configured master or slave it does the same. The beep isn't a bios error beep, it's a different kind of beep coming from the hd itself), then it repeats this funny whirrr, beep thing on a regular cycle. Now and then windows invokes chkdsk on the drive, finds lots of problems with indexing, registry signature, other random stuff and pretends to fix them. The drive sometimes appears ok as a device in windows, others not. The drive can sometimes be accessed ok, albeit quite slow at transfering files, other times it won't read from the drive at all and removes it from the available drives list. Just the last day or two, the boot up process is halting (f1 to resume) due to a problem initialising this drive. It says to backup and replace it!! This drive was working ok as my main HD prior to my upgrade. I have to admit that it is possible I was careless with possible static when handling it, but don't remember a specific spark, fiz, funny burnt smell. Are these simply symptoms of a knackered drive? The system is based upon the Asus K8V mobo. The temperamental drive is a 20g seagate. tia for any advice.