I'm hoping someone can help with this. I have 2 systems - a laptop and a desktop which are both running Windows 2000. I have been working on setting up a clean install of Windows 2000 on the desktop and using Ghost to take images as I worked. The desktop has 2 HD. HD1 is a Samsung 120 GB and HD2 is a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 also 120 GB. I purchased the Samsung with the desktop a couple of years ago and it has been fine except that it was pretty disorganized and had a couple of OSs I no longer wanted (Win 98 and Win 2K Server). There were 3 partitions. C was FAT32 (Win 98) and was about 28 GB while the other two were evenly split and were NTFS. All partitions were almost full but I was able to clear all user data off the C: drive.
The problem started when the Maxtor drive started to fail. I was having trouble getting the system to even see the Maxtor drive. Right before it failed totally, I was able to get it to boot and tried to clone the C: drive on the Maxtor to the C: drive of the Samsung using Ghost 2003. It seemed to work until I made the Samsung the master and the Maxtor the Slave and tried to reboot. All of the boot options disappeared which didn't surprise me (much). Booting seemed to take a lot longer than normal but I finally got the login screen and typed the Admin password. I am POSITIVE the password is correct but I keep getting the press ctl-alt-del to begin message. I do not get the error message that I would get if I typed the password wrong. (I typed a wrong password to test and sure enough, the standard message came up.) I tried booting to safe mode and the same thing happened. When I tried booting from the Maxtor, it was dead. I could keep trying over and over for a while hoping it wil eventually boot like it did the last time (on the 10th try) but I can't count on that working.
So, the only bootable system I have is the Win2K on the laptop. If I somehow manage to make the Samsung disc bootable again, I am still potentially faced with more than a week's work to rebuild the system if I can't get a ghosted image restored. I want to avoid that if at all possible. What do you experts suggest? Please keep the suggestions "constructive" :-)
Thanks in Advance