on saturday i went out to buy a new monitor, came back and booted uyp new PC with monitor all wired up.
FYI: im on windows XP professional if it helps...
it got to the Windows XP loading screen, then the screen went blank, rebooted and then said it couldnt find the hard drive.
anyways i have 2 hard drives:
c:\ <<used for program files / installations (only 20gb IDE HDD)
d:\ << used for big installtions, music folders etc (IDE 120gb hard drive) the important one!
i wasnt bothered about losing the data on C drive as its all mainly little downloads, takes not really much time to sort it all out again etc
anyways in order to stop myself from making any error i took my D drive out so i didnt lose any of my important data, i then proceeded to format and reinstall XP pro on C drive.
i got it all up and running again, unfortunately i am running on BT broadband and i cant install Norton b4 hand as it conflicts with the BT software and in turn i got a small virus therefore i didnt plug my hard drive in until i sorted this virus out. i then plugged it all up, and when i dbl click on the drive (which is now allocated as F:\) i get a message saying "the disk in drive F is not formatted, do you wish to do it now?" and the Yes or No buttons...
i've been told a few things to solve this problem:
1. force a filing system onto it via windows xp disk (dont know how to do that)
2. format my C:\ drive again but have D:\ in aswell while im redoing it (but NOT formatting D:\ )
3. try installing XP onto D:\ but choose not to format the drive (which i dont think is possible as that option only appears when you have an exsisting O/S on the hard drive doesnt it? )
anyways im going to fix it one way or the other, if i cant i shall spend my days huddled up in the corner of my room clutching @ the HDD =/ lol
thanks in advance,