I'm beyond exasperated at the point and would greatly appreciate any help that can be offered.
In order of operation - I've got Dell Dimension E310 that came with a RAID 1 setup (two 160GB drives). Within 6 months the 'backup' drive began to have physical issues so I broke the raid and bought an external for backups - easier than dealing with Dell tech. The main system drive started showing signs of wear and it had to have clean installs several times over the years. Recently the blue screens got unbearable so I installed a new 250GB West. Dig. drive where the 'backup' drive was and installed XP on it. I've been using it successfully for about a year. I should have left well enough alone. I ended up with a Seagate 1 TB drive (due to a poor experience with Iomega Home Media Drive) that I was going to use to replace the original 'system' drive. I didn't realize the second XP install was still utilizing the boot info on the original drive to operate. When I switched them out, I received the "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem" error, and realized that I had gone too far.
Since this happened, I've tried replacing the original hard drive, which resulted in access to the old, glitchy, version of XP I had on it, but when trying to access my most recent XP, I would receive the Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem error. After trying everything in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314477
, as well as repairing the install of XP (all repeatedly), I decided it was time to get rid of the the original failing drive and start over from scratch once again. I placed the 1 TB drive in the primary slot, with no other drive installed and attempted a clean install of XP...still the Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem error. At this point, I have no access to any windows other than the OEM XP CD. I can boot with a Ubuntu disc to modify anything I need to, but I'm lost as to why it won't let me simply start over.
Thanks in advance.