After getting a black screen and nothing else after the xp splash screen on start up I performed a repair installation of xp. The installation stalled at 34%, which after a bit of searching I discovered was a common problem. I did as advised and disabled unnecessary drives and the USB ports and the installation completed.
The problem is that now my second hard drive and my DVD RW aren't being detected. The drives aren't appearing in device manager either. Also If I insert a memory pen or whatever into a USB port, I get the musical tones and the "found new hardware" bubble but after it says it is ready to use, nothing shows up in my computer.
The second hard drive and the USB ports had been disabled during the repair installation, but the DVD drive hadn't.
Everything is detected and shows up fine in the BIOS.
Normally I would just back up and re-install windows, but without the second hard drive, the DVD writer or even a memory pen I can't back anything up and there are files I can't afford to lose!
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!