Posted 15 August 2005 - 09:35 AM
OK, stupid of me not to try and boot from the external. Figured out how to do that from the bios. It was tricky and labeled it under "USB Devices" instead of whatever else I had been looking for. Anyways, so it now tries to boot from the external, but i get an error message ("bad OS" or something like that. I will not take this moment to bash MS no matter how easy it would be). So now I'm thinking that I'll make another backup (yes, a backup of the backup if you will) and try and do a restore installation of XP on my non-booting backup copy. If that works, then I've got an extra backup.
Of course if that works and I could get everything to copy and paste over to my original drive, then maybe I'd be able to run a repair installation on XP there and see what happens. However, I'd have to be running some OS on a hard drive that was not the drive I was copying from or the drive I was copying to. Which, again, brings me to the backup of the backup situation. It's not the magic bullet fix I'd wish it was, but it might be a step.
But first thing's first. I can't copy things like "my documents" over because it says that access is denied. Is this some sort of crappy security thing that I'm going to have to deal with? I haven't tried copying from the external to another external to make the backup backup yet, as I'm at work now, but I'll post as soon as I start to figure that out.