Posted 19 October 2008 - 04:28 PM
Haha, okay. To recap:
This PC has two hard drives: A 60 gb Western Digital one, and a 250 gb Seagate one, both PATA. This PC was recently reinstalled, and I've asked the person that installed the system not to use this 250 gb HD, as it is mine and I'd like it back. Now, the person installing has done what I've asked, so when windows is booted you can see that the D drive (the 250 gb one) is empty, and the C drive (the 60 gb one) contains all the (system)files.
However, during the installation of Windows XP, the 250 gb HD was plugged into the motherboard as the Master disk, while the 60 gb drive was on the slave-plug. Both drives have their jumpers on CS.
Now, I was not present at the time of the installation, so I'm not sure how the partitioning was done, but the guy installing the system is reasonably adept and he knows about partitions and such, so I don't expect there is anything weird going on there.
So, now, when everything is plugged in the way it was, I can see in the BIOS menu that HD 1 (or 0 i'm not sure) is the 250 gb one, and HD2 (or 1 if the first was 0) is the 60 gb one. However, if I remove the 250 gb drive, the system hangs even before booting and I can't access the BIOS menu. If I remove the 60 gb drive, it gets a little further, but it says it can't find any OS files. When I switch the drives around, making 250 gb slave and 60 gb master, it gets past the initial start up but hangs immediatly after, giving me the option to reboot with F1 or to open the BIOS menu with F2. When opening the BIOS menu I can see that HD 1/0 is now the 60 gb one, and HD 2/1 is the 250 gb one...
So! Who has a clue? Can it be helped??
Thanks in advance!
Don't worry my fat friend, I will be cleaning in the bathroom...