I picked up my buddies computer for $100 and I am now trying to put my hardrive in his system. He currently has an 80gb Sata drive and mine is a 60gb IDE drive. I tried to pull his out and put mine in and the computer will not load. It simply restarts after the windows xp home edition screen finished loading (the screen with the loading bar on the bottom). I want to format his 80gb drive and use it as extra storage. My drive has alot of valuable info on it. I went in and changed the settings so that the computer would boot from my drive but it wont work.
I also tried to use my drive as a secondary drive and that kinda works. I mean, the computer starts up fine off of my buddies HD, and I can see my drive listed in "My Computer" but I cannot go through it because I apparently have no permission to do so.
So I am at a standstill and cannot access my HD or boot from it, which is my goal here. Any and all help is appreciated.
PS, I brought my computer in to Best Buy and the Geek Squad guys thought it was the "user ini" so they put a CD in and loaded some stuff. And when that didnt work they looked inside and found burnt caps.