I realized there was a problem, but put off dealing with it since I was in the process of moving. I brought the PC to my new place and it was working, but still with problems. I left it on and went out one afternoon. I came home and it had a black screen. No error message. Nothing. I tried to restart it. It just continually made this odd noise, as though it was trying to start, but couldn't. I tried starting it the next day. No noise, but it flashed a message to me "Invalid boot diskette".
I put in a Bootdisk and can get it to the point where it gives me 4 options. The first one is "Help". The next two involve CD-Rom and the final one is "Minimal".
I've tried #4, but simply get an A:\>. Can't do anything else.
I tried #1 tonight. I ran "scandisk /all". It passed. Next it told me to run "D:\setup.exe". I inserted the WinME CD and did that. Now it tells me:
Scanning system registry...
Cannot create a temporary directory.
If you have HPFS or NTFS installed on your hard drive, you will need to create an MS-DOS boot partition to set up Windows.
I did finally get a C:\>.
Now, I bought a new PC this week. My goal at this point is to recover any files possible off the old PC. I'd love to get it running again, but if the hard drive is bad and that's not possible, so be it. I have backups on a lot of my files, but would love to transfer everything over from the old PC. I have a cord connecting the two so that I can use the Direct Cord Method of transferring files.
What do I need to do to the old computer at this point? Can I transfer files out of DOS? Do I need to fdisk or use some program like Partition Magic? Should I just reinstall WinME?
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.