I thought I was having the same issues that needsalittlehelp was having where my XP machine kept rebooting when I tried to start it. I was reading his post and decided the first thing I should try was the WD check disk utility.
Well, it went from bad to worse.
I inserted the WD boot disk that came with HD and tried to boot up. And system tried to start XP bypassing the WD boot disk. So went into Bios to set Boot Sequence, set the CD-ROM as number 1 (floppy disk was #1, with CD-ROM #2, but didn't work on frist try anyway).
Hit restart and got message "reboot and select proper Boot device or insert boot media in selected Boot device and press a key". So it doesn't want to boot from WD CD.
I then went back into Bios to make sure CD was #1 and the CD-ROM doesn't even show up in the Bios now as a choice. Long story short for this - when ever the HD and CD-ROM are connected to the mother board, CD-ROM does not show.
When I disconnect the HD, then the CD-ROM will show in Bios and is number 1. I even disconnect the floppy drive so there was no other choice.
Now when I boot with HD disconnected the WD CD boots just fine and I get the prompt (after some initial lines of test)
 Run Data Lifeguard
 Create Data Lifeguard Bootable Diskette
 Create Data lifeguard Diagnostics Bootable Diskette
If I select 1 with HD re-connected (w/o rebooting) I get "Batch file X:\L.BAT missing, Strike a key when ready..." if I hit a key that message just scrolls.
As soon as I disconnect the HD, the WD CD comes up and I get the Data Lifeguard Tools menu.
And then if I try to run any on the utilities with the HD connected I get "utility.znc could not be found.
It seems that anytime I have the HD connected, I get errors. Does it sound like the HD has become a paper weight?
Thanks for help in advance. I've been to this site several times and it's saved me more then once - I appreciate all the help.
Edited by michigan fan, 10 November 2009 - 12:41 AM.