Today i put 2 second hand 80 gb harddrives in my pc, formatted them and installed windows xp professional sp2 on one. The other drive already had aload of my data on it but not a windows install.
The windows install was a success and i was able to access files on the other harddrive with no problem.
Then I noticed that one of the partitions was unformatted so i used the quick format and quarter way through i got a error with a blue screen that was far too fast for me to see.
When the system reset itself it couldnt recognise the harddisks. I rebooted again and this time the harddisks were recognised but on the black windows xp splash screen my pc again crashed out with the flickering blue error screen and again resetting itself and not finding the hardisks.
I rebooted again (Harddisks recognised), this time selecting the boot option menu and booted from the XP cd. The setup started rather promptly but stopped when scanning the disks and then returned saying both hardisks couls not be accessed.
I have tried these processes more than once with the same results. I am clueless to this and to why formatting unpartitioned space caused 2 perfectly fine harddisks into 2 nightmares.