This situation involves several issues: the status of a new Maxtor HD and the status of the original drive. The question is limited to the original hard drive. What may have gone wrong in the mangled attempt to install a second hard drive, and what can be done to fix the original C: drive?
PLEASE note that this stuff is considerably beyond my experience and ability level.
Problem started when I installed as a second hard drive a Maxtor 160GB EIDE HD 7200/8MB/ATA-133. The jumper was set as indicated on the HD and installed to the slave IDE connection. When I booted up, all seemed OK, Windows started and I saw that the new drive was detected. Because of other duties, I simply shut down in proper manner without doing any of the drive set up stuff.
About a week later, I booted up and all sorts of stuff flashed across the black screen, too fast to read, but ending with "invalid allocation table" and the blinking -. I removed the second HD, booted, and Windows opened without any unusual messages, and seems to work fine with the exception of any program that deals with partitioning, imaging, etc, and with obvious errors on the drive.
Probably unadvisedly, I switched the slave, master hookups with the two drives. Windows started whether the original HD was hooked to slave or master, so long as the second drive was not connected. Regardless of connections to slave or master, if both drives were connected, the "invalid allocation table" message stopped all further boot up. I think my original objective was to test the cable.
I have not run, either by choice or automatically when booting, any disk utility. Nor have I allowed any of the installed utilities to attempt to correct disk errors they detected. I hesitate to attempt to image the drive to CDs for fear it won't succeed and may cause further problems.
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.06GHz
3.07 GHz,992 MB of RAM
WXP Pro, SR2, FAT32,
IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
Disk Drive WDC WD800BB-56JKC0, 80GB
Primary and secondary IDE channels
BIOS: Phoenix-Award BIOS CMOS set up utility (P4M80-M7A)
First boot device: CDROM
Second boot device: floppy
Third boot device: Hard Disk
Other boot device: enabled
Disk Management under Computer Management shows two partitions, both basic:C: FAT32 64.28GB. cME:FAT 2MB (unknown partition). Both "Healthy" according to this utility. I don't see anything there that was not as originally shown in this utility before trouble. The HD, however, is an 80GB drive,
I borrowed programs from other computers, installed and tried to run them to see effect and got these results:
"PowerQuest PartitionMagic has detected an error 116 on the partition starting at sector 134833545 on disk 1. (This is the "first physical sector" of cME partition, which is type 49 according to the Computer Management properties of this partition.) The starting LBA value is 134833545 and the CHS value is 4294967295. the LBA and CHS values must be equal. PowerQuest Partition Magic has verified that the LBA value is correct and can fix the CHS value. Would you like PQPM to fix this error?"
The exact same message appears when opening PowerQuest Drive Image 2002.
Norton Partition Magic produces the exact same message and offers to fix it.
Acronis True Image Home message is "Failed to read from the sector 151,451,171 with choice to ignore, etc. When I click "ignore" same message for the next sector, and on and on.
I cancelled out of each program.