Posted 25 April 2008 - 08:30 AM
This is WAY over my head at this point. I'm hoping someone can help.
Unfortunaely, I'm living proof that a little knowledge can be dangerous.
I had 2 WD hard drives installed and working well on my very old machine (Packard Bell Legend 415--it's okay to laugh), then I tried to install and format a third WD drive (removed from another system) as a secondary slave with a WD Data Lifeguard floppy and inadvertantly installed EZ Bios (as recommended!) over an existing Ontrack Dynamic Drive Overlay.
My C Drive has Win ME installed and is an 80GB, with a CD drive as a slave.
D drive is a 2.0 GB master on the secondary IDE. The newly added drive is set as a slave on it.
All booted normally upon the first re-start after connecting drive E for the first time, but I decided to reformat E with the Data Lifeguard Tools and, during that process, accidently took the program's advice and said "yes" to installing EZ Bios.
Immediately upon rebooting, once the EZ BIOS started loading, an error appeared that said "no operating system installed". All drives were recognized before this point during the boot process, no bios settings were changed by me. I noticed this time though that the Ontrack blue screen did not appear (since it had been removed by EZ Bios, I suppose).
I realized what I had done and remembered that the Data Lifeguard floppy had a "Remove EZ Bios" command, so I rebooted and did just that to all 3 drives.
Once that was done, I re-loaded Ontrack DDO from a floppy with a newer version of Data Lifeguard and now my computer just continuously loops through the "starting ontrack" phase of the boot process and never gets to the point of loading Windows. I can either press the spacebar to boot from a floppy or boot from a CD, but that's it. (Or, I guess I could just forever watch the looping blue Ontrack logo, LOL).
So.....do I have any options now for recovering my C drive data and operating system? I've searched the boards and can't find any similar situations to point me in the right direction.
I've disconnected both the D and E drives and tried to reboot with just the C, but still have the looping.
There's about 12 GB of data on my C drive that I'd like to recover, if possible. I was doing all of this to get ready to upgrade to a newer system and move my C drive anyway, but first I wanted to copy the OS to the added/extra hard drive, then make it the new C drive, so that I could still use the system offline or keep it running for my kids. Now I don't even know if I will ever be able to access the disk at all.
Any help (and prayers!) would be GREATLY appreciated!