I need help with XP. I run XP SP2. I have had a 120 gb Maxtor HD (IDE 100) since I built the computer three years ago. I recently bought a 250 gb SATA Western Digital drive to supplement it. When I started the software to format the WD drive, it asked if I would like this new drive to be an "add on" or to be my new boot drive. I decided to make it the new boot drive, since it is SATA. It said it would copy everything from the old boot drive onto the new one.
After I started the process and it was copying files, I started thinking about all the junk on my original drive that I did not want to save (80 GBs of Vegas video files, etc). Also, it was taking FOREVER to copy all my old files. On the screen was an option to CANCEL the setup for the WD drive. I clicked on CANCEL, and it asked if I was sure I wanted to cancel and that I would have to start over later. I confirmed I wanted to quit (stupid, stupid, STUPID). My computer worked fine at that point.
When I shut it down, it will not reboot. It gets to the XP logon screen and freezes. The windows XP logo comes up, but it stops before the music plays and the names appear.
I tried to do an XP Repair. When I get to the step to select Repair, there are no Windows XP installations listed! I don't understand how XP can not "see" that there is an XP installation present, when XP "almost" boots all the way.
I tried changing IDE cables, making sure everything was plugged in securely, etc.
I am guessing that by being an IDIOT and stopping the setup of the new drive I corrupted something in the old drive. Because I am an idiot, I have stuff on the old drive I don't want to lose, so any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
If I can load XP onto the new WD drive, is it possible that I would be able to access my old drive, even though it will not boot on its own?