Roughly 4 months ago, I ran into a boot loop problem with my graphic design & gaming rig. I attempted various things like booting from an xp cd, but since the system was vista, I just got blue screens (have lost vista cd) also, attempting to boot into safemode, resulted in the continual boot loop & 'last safe boot' resulted in restarts (continual boot loop).
At first I though I had a problem with my gigabyte motherboard as they are apparently notorious for boot loop issues. I installed a newly purchased asus board, my computer booted, didnt loop, but at the loading stage just before you type in your password, I got bluescreen for a second and it then rebooted. This was so annoying as I couldnt see the top error code or x(xxxxxx) error code that you get on the blue screen.
So I attempted to change my sticks of ram around, then used only one, then I Installed older 2 gig versions of my ocz ram, still same bluescreen result no matter what. Then I replaced my gainward gfx 275 with my older nvidia gs 8800 gpu, still same bluescreen result. I then gave up for a while, until I was given my mates old 200gig hd. This booted perfectly, I then cleared off a bunch of rubbish, set up my admin account, installed my drivers, and am now once again playing cod world of war happily, tho without dx10 that I had with vista, its not really making much use of the insane gpu I have.
So now, I have an incredibly powerful system, running on an old xp sp3 200gig hd. The conclusion I came to was that, Well I might aswell, slave the infected hd, use malwarebytes, antiva & comodo to give it a good cleaning in safe mod, and retrieve my 500gig+ of essential content lost 4 months ago.
Problem is, I really dont know how to do this properly! How do I go about slaving my infected vista sp2 500gig sata, clean it up properly (disposing of that hard to get grime in the registry & sorting out bad sectors) without infecting the old but clean xp hd?
(edit) before the original hd contracted a boot loop infection, it had been working fine for around 2 years. Also, the hd Im attempting to slave is a maxtor 'diamond max 22' 500gig sata. Problem is I cant seem to find any info on the jumper settings, on the drive they usually show it but on my one it only shows that setting it on the 2 pins farthest from the cable connector limits it to 1.5m/s and no jumper at all delimits to 3 mb/s..
Edited by Vermillion, 28 September 2009 - 07:32 PM.