habitual line stepper
Join Date: Apr 2002
Years Riding: X
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there was a virus awhile ago that would keep cycling through the reboot process. Probably a long shot, but thought I'd through it out there.
Yeah, I've got an external hard drive kit, it came with a board I can plug into an IDE drive and then connect it to a computer via USB 2.0. I use it to swap out drives with various data.
I've also fixed a few drives by swapping the controller boards on the drive itself. My drives were generally making noises and I was unable to get anything (doesn't sound like your problem). I went and bought a similar drive and swapped the board. Bingo.