I initially had Vista and 7 on it, working, until I decided to uninstall 7 for XP. I deleted the partition 7 was on (C; my primary partition) and installed XP onto it. That went smoothly and all, but after booting it up I noticed it wouldn't let me specify which OS I wanted to start; it would just auto start XP. I went into the bootup settings in XP and changed the time operating systems are displayed from one second, to ten, yet it still just auto-booted XP. I was able to access the data on the other partition in the XP explorer, but seemingly wasn't able to boot from it. So I "backed up" all my data onto a third partition I had created as a failsafe in case something went wrong and I couldn't boot either of my OSes.
It then came to my attention that I had installed Windows XP Professional instead of home edition, so I made a bootable CD with the XP iso and restarted the computer for reinstallation. According to the program, the setup files copied over fine and all, but when it auto-restarted to continue the installation process it would just loop on and off at the BIOS screen. After trying 4 different versions of XP to no avail, I stuck my Vista Home Premium disk in and booted from it. Again, I got to the setup screen and all that jazz, but when prompted to select the location I wanted to install Windows in, I got the message, "No drives were found. Click Load Driver to provide a mass storage driver for installation."
I have no idea why it is not recognizing my HDD. Is my data deleted, and if so, is it recoverable? I am terrified at the thought of losing 5 years of pictures down the drain over this. If anyone knows anything, please help. If it helps, my PC is a Dell OptiPlex GX270 running BIOS revision A07. Anymore information can be provided at request. Also, I don't really have access to a floppy drive. My computer has one, but I disconnected it a bit back to do some cleaning and couldn't get the cable back into the drive.
Thanks for reading.
Edited by Rei Santino, 03 December 2010 - 03:28 PM.