First I will give important specs on 2 comps:
Comp 1 (Moms): Win 2000pro, 1 HD(15gig,2 partitions), 433mhz Celeron
Comp 2 (Dads): Win98, 1 HD(15gig, 1 partition), 400mhz Pent II
Ok, parents asked me to make 2 computers become one by way of transferring 2 hard drives (see above) to a new 80gb one.
I first used Norton GHost to create backups of all 3 partitions. I decided to use Dad's case/mobo/proc so I moved all ram/NICs/etc. Then I took the new Western Digital 80gig HD, set it up as master and my mom's HD(2 partition one) as slave in Dads case. Tried booting and bios doesnt detect a IDE Primary Master. Ok, I thought, I switched the 80gig to slave and mom's to master. Now it didnt detect a IDE Primary Slave. Disconnected moms and tried to run the 80gig alone, again, no IDE Primary Master detected. I thought this made sense since I had no boot disk or any form of Windows installed on it.
Here's the big kicker. Seeing if I could add the HD profile to Windows on my mom's HD, I unplugged the 80gig and ran mom's as master alone. It gets past BIOS setup and I get to the screen where it is booting up the bootup screen for Win2k. NOT this Win2k Startup but the screne RIGHT before it where it is still in DOS and it says "Starting Windows 2000" and it has a little bar to show progress and it loads quickly. However, it reboots the computer before it gets to the booting windows screen(see link above). Just to make sure the drive wasnt damaged I stuck the drive back in her original case and BAM, it works fine.
I guess my main questions in this are:
1) Why does it reboot?
2) Why does BIOS basically freeze when trying to detect the new 80gig HD? Do I need to do something to it before it will be detected?
Thanks in advance for any help
Edited by Skraylor, 20 March 2005 - 12:21 AM.