When the system starts up it goes to the "Start in Safe Mode" option list. I can boot in Safe, Safe+Network, Safe+Prompt, Last Known, and Normal. If I try any of the Safe options it gets to gagp30kx and freezes, then reboots. If I try in Last Known or Normal, it brings up the Windows XP splash screen and reboots just as the load bar starts to scroll. I briefly (3 seconds or so) get the option to Shift+F10 to reconfigure before it goes back to the start of the cycle.
There are two CD drives on the PC, but I've been warned that they're largely erratic in usability. I have a CD drive and a 3.5 drive that I can plug in if needed, though.
I also have another hard drive (with operating system, also Windows XP) that I'd be willing to hook to this tower if it would somehow make it easier to access the information on the apparently non-functional drive. I'm not familiar with the process of connecting more than one drive however, when they both have operating systems installed.
I'm sure I missed at least one crucial detail here, so just let me know what more I need to tell you, and I'll respons ASAP. Any help will be appreciated.