Sorry, I've also been away from my computer.
Your loopy drive could potentially transfer a virus over to your good harddrive, but usually not. As long as you got avast! or some other virus protection software on your computer you should be fine. Just back up all the files from your loopy harddrive to the good.
As for doing a mirror of the good harddrive system no you cannot do it that way. After fixing the loopy harddrive with the day long install of XP and SP2 you can then make a clone of that now fixed harddrive. The clone copy of the harddrive will be like a backup of everything you have installed, XP SP2, programs, etc....But to have the clone copy you will need to have another harddrive just for storing the backed up copy.
Harddrive A Harddrive B
Fixed Loopy harddrive Good harddrive
WinXP System Backed up WinXP System
So now if harddrive A ever fails just clone Harddrive B back onto Harddrive A and you will have the WinXP system and all the documents you had on it whenever you made the clone.(Sorry I'm making this complicated, read a review on google if ya need more help)
The cloning software I use is DriveClone, but it isn't free.(about $30)
You could also download freeware software eitherhttp://www.softpedia...vClonerXP.shtml
Google "Freeware Drive Cloning"
I highly recommend Drive Cloning, even if it means spending that extra $70.... because in the long run that drive clone can save you some serious time when trying to get your computer back up and running.
Hope you get'r fixed
Edited by Bobbydoo8, 15 January 2007 - 02:39 AM.