Posted 14 October 2009 - 04:14 PM
Okay, I'll start from where I started having problems. Please bear with me, here.
I recently built a new computer
Windows 7 Professional 64 bit (legit copy)
AMD Phenom II X2 550 3.1GHz
500GB Samsung SATA HDD
and it's been running fine and everything, but I decided I wanted to see if I could get a dual boot going with the hard drive from my old computer (80gb Samsung IDE), which has been sitting in my computer as a storage device, because of course it had all my old files on it. It was running Windows XP Pro sp3, and up until I took it out of my old computer worked fine. I downloaded Easybcd and set it up to give me the option to boot Windows 7 (C:) or Windows XP (D:). I restart the computer and it gives me the options like I expect, and I try to boot into XP. It just barely flashes the Windows XP loading screen and reboots the computer. I say alright, I'll try something else, and select Windows 7 when it comes up next time. Disk read error. Press ctrl + alt + delete to restart. Damn, I screwed something up.
So I grab my W7 installation CD and go into Repair Computer and try EVERYTHING in there except the mem diagnostic, and still no dice. So I run the mem diagnostic, and it goes with no errors...and suddenly boots into W7 normally! Man am I confused. So I restart again, and guess what, Disk Read Error! Everytime I boot I have to run the mem diagnostic off the W7 CD to get it to boot normally. Also, I now have a System Reserved (H:) drive that I'm pretty sure was not there before. And I also noticed that when I'm in the W7 CD selecting an Operating System to repair, it now says Windows 7 (recovered). Is that of any significance?
I'd really like to get my computer to boot normally again, and even get this dual boot worked out if I could. I'm working on finding my XP installation CD to try and to a repair to that hard drive to see if that'll make it boot. Any help is appreciated!!