I have an IDE
drive set to cable select in the jumper settings, and I got two new perfectly working SATA
hard drives from a friend of mine, I did the physical installation of the SATA
drives and started my computer and set the SATA
drives to auto in the BIOS
, saved and exit... then nothing much happened other than me getting a black screen with a white blinking dot/line in top left corner. So I rebooted and got into the menu where I select what to boot from, I chose primary IDE
drive and xp started as it should. I knew I had to format the new hard drives so I did and that worked out fine, I copied some files to both just to test them. I though that maybe my computer didn't start because the two SATA
drives weren't formatted, so I rebooted again just to check... and what do I get? well, the infamous "NTLDR is missing" message showed up. So I rebooted again and went into the menu where I choose what to boot (again), but this time I selected Hard Drive C: instead of Primary IDE
, which only got me to the NTLDR message again. So I did the same again but selected Primary IDE
instead and xp started as usual. I took a peek into the C:\I386 folder and it contained the NTLDR file (and the NTDETECT file too).
I've had a look around, read through a lot of the post on this and other forums, I've been to microsoft's knowledge base and http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm
but I can't really find a solution to my problem, and after all, it looks like I've got the NTLDR file.
It seems to med that my computer is somehow confused about what it is supposed to boot (the settings are as they should be in the BIOS
, I've checked this time and again), like it is trying to boot from one of the SATA
drives most probably. But that's only speculation from my side.
Does anyone have a clue about what's going on and how I can get it to work properly?
And if I should copy the NTLDR file (and the belonging files I've seen in some of the solutions) from another computer to mine, is there any chance whatsoever that this might make my computer unable to boot and all that I have on my computer will be "lost" (I know I should always keep a backup, but that's the kind of plan with the two new drives).
I appreciate any help, thanks.