I was trying to figure out the best way to move files from my old PIII XP PRO desktop to my new Quad 7 box but then decided why not just move the drive over. (didn't remember that I might have used Windows Easy Transfer!)
The new Windows 7 64bit sata machine already had a 300gb sata drive as primary so I thought the 120 coming from the old computer might make a good storage partner/backup. (It might be better if they were the other way around....with the 300 as the 'backup'....but, so be it.
I bought an IDE to SATA adaptor to connect the old IDE drive to the sata mobo.
It seemed to work initially, although somewhat "sketchily"; the computer was slow to boot but I did eventually have both drives running OK and was able to access all files on both and see them both on my workgroup.
After a couple of shutdowns and restarts, though, the machine got increasingly slow/difficult to boot (sometimes only coming to life if I hit the spacebar on my keyboard (weird!)......then after three or four of these wonky boots, it wouldn't boot at all. I removed the added drive and after many shutdowns and restarts, the box finally started windows 7, but I swear it played the XP sign-on/splash screen music! At that point I realized/remembered that the XP Pro OS was still on the old drive....and now I see in another thread, that IDE drives somehow "overrule" sata drives. Ooops.
I think my Master Boot Record is botched up. (Booting takes longer than it did before.....and I swear the "login music" is wrong!) I don't even see a BIOS prompt when booting now; the computer goes from blackscreen to windows splash screen....no "F12 or F2" visible anywhere.
So, here are the questions:
1. Should I keep this drive? (I've invested in the adaptor and I'd hate to scrap both)
2. Can I hot-mount the old drive (connect it while the pc is running) so I don't risk another 'spooky' boot?
3. Is there a special setting for the jumpers on this 2nd drive...or are they different depending on the brand?
4. How do I get my BIOS prompt back...and what do I do once I get into it? (assuming I can.)
Complicating any rescue efforts is the fact that my Windows 7 disk is one of the popular (read: CHEAP) OEM versions that I don't believe provides all the REPAIR utilities that come with the full-blown copies. Any suggestions for fixing up my boot process OTHER than a full re-install? (I'm lazy...like most humans...and HATE the thought of all that backing up and reloading!)
Thanks a bunch for any and all tips/tricks/suggestions.