Current drive approaching capacity. Upgrading drive to Maxtor 300GB SATA. Will make new 300GB drive the boot drive and will remove the 120GB drive to use elsewhere. Formatted the new 300GB drive to NTFS and bootable and copied the 120GB drive files using MaxBlast 4. No issues. Disconnected the old drive. Connected the 300GB drive to SATA-0 on the motherboard. Started the computer. Reset the bios making the new 300GB SATA drive the boot drive.
Windows welcome screen comes up. Able to select user name / account / logon. Computer goes through some churning, the windows sounds announces its presence and then up comes the wall paper. That's it. Just wall paper. No trash can. No start button in bottom left corner. No toolbars. Just wall paper.
When I hit ctrl-alt-del the windows task manager does show up. From this I go under "File" and select "New Task (Run. . )". From the small window titled "Create New Task" I select the "Browse" button. From here I can see everything; the desktop, my computer, etc. Through my computer I can see and open the hard drive including all the programs and files. I can open files and run programs from this location. For shut down I go back to task manager. Bottom line: Without using task manager just cannot see anything on the desktop except the wall paper and the cursor arrowhead.
When I replace the 300GB drive with the original 120GB drive everything works as it should. I reformated the new 300GB SATA drive and reloaded all files from the 120B drive (again, did this using the copy process from the MaxBlast 4 CD). Same thing as before: Everything works - except going from the welcome screen to a functional desk top with all the taskbars, start button, etc.
Appreciate any assistance. MVMike
Edited by MVMike, 02 January 2006 - 01:40 PM.