couldn't wait til weekend. can read everything when set up as a slave, so obv not HD issue
seriously suggestive, but not obvious or certain.
the boot sector and/or the operating system could easily be written to "bad-sectors", thereby causing the problem.
You also have those all too frequent auto-restarts suggesting problems with Drivers
, corrupted OS
, or HEAT
When you opened up the case, did it look like dust-bunnies have clogged the heat sink fins (on a Dell you have to open up that scoop by hinging it outward.
What brand or MotherBoard is your machine?
What Microsoft Media will you be using to install Windows
Do you know if your Windows installation CD has SP2 integrated into it (assuming XP)
If it were me conducting this work, I would run CHECKDISK on the HD before removing it from the working computer.Start - Run
(type)cmd - Enter
- (at the blinking cursor type)chkdsk D: /f
(where D is the drivename assignment for the hard drive when it is slaved) or (substitute the correct drivename)
Notice the space before D and before /f
When you put the HD back into its original machine, remember to reset the Jumper Pin to configure as Master or CS (cable Select)
It would be "easiest" to perform a Repair Installation.Use this excellent tutorial
But if it were me, I'd seriously consider reformat-reinstall.
You must first:
Backup your saved documents and files
Have your machine Chipset and drivers backed up to CD
have all your Application software available for reinstall
When installing XP, here's my suggested sequence of actions:
Here is a brief listing of sequence of steps necessary when installing Operating System (XP and earlier)
Reinstall in the following order:
- Operating System
- SP2 if not included on prior installation CD
- DirectX 9.0c
- ChipSet Drivers
- MS Updates (critical Updates and patches)
- Hosts File
- JAVA Runtime Environment
- optionally Adobe FlashPlayer and Adobe Shockwave (for all selected browsers)
- Then peripheral and application files.
Keep us posted with your progress on this interesting project.