I'm getting no where really fast with this.
1. We took the 'Fried?Hard Drive' and put it in an OLD CPU as the Slave. The Master was a Matrox that we bought when that CPU was fritzing out. Had trouble getting it to boot up. When it did, the 'Old Hard Drive' was running windows98 and I long ago lost that CD. The 'Fried?Hard Drive' was not showing up anywhere and the CPU was so SLOW I couldn't take it very anymore.
2. Last night I had Hubby take both Hard Drives out of the old CPU and put them into the current CPU with the 'Old Hard Drive' as the Master and the 'Fried?Hard Drive' as the slave. When I went to experiment today I had even more trouble. I dicked around with it for a few hours, trying all the tricks I could remember, but nothing worked and I was still getting "Invalid Boot Diskette" errors - plus others. Couldn't even get into the BIOS. Tried booting from the WinME installation disk and couldn't get anywhere with that either.
3. Then I took out the 'Fried?Hard Drive' and tried again. . Even though it was now recognizing the 'Old Hard Drive' , it wanted to load drivers from Win98. I tried to load on Windows ME, still no go. It said it couldn't load because the Hard Drive needed to be formatted. When I started that it came back with 'error on disk' and wouldn't continue setup. When I hit ESC to quit setup it reverted to a black screen with an NEW incarnation:
Is it possibly a combination of problems? Could the Brown Out have fried the cables? Is the 'Old Hard Drive' just too old. Any suggestions for the next step - besides chucking it in the woods?
Thanks for the help so far. I hope there is more to come,