Hello All....I am in need of immediate assistance...if possible. Here's my problem:
I have a Dell Dim 8300 - 80 GB HD, 27 GB free, running XP Home XP2.
I connect a Western Digital Cav Blue EIDE 500 GB on a second position on the cable (both jumper drives are cable select) I had a NVidia GeForce 8400 GS video card and a BIOS of A05
I started the WD Data Lifeguard CD - which copied to my hard drive. I also attached an external floppy drive an made a recovery disk (this I put aside and no longer used). I booted into Windows, started the WD Data Lifeguard software from the C drive and proceeded to "Set up my new disk".
As it started yesterday evening, it was "coping" all files to the new disk. This was a VERY SLOW process. At midnight, I decided to let it run all night. At 5 this morning, I went to check on it and it was about 40%. I decided there was a problem so I cancelled the process.
I took out the new WD hard drive and tried to boot original drive. It would not boot - saying it was missing the hal.dll file. I placed my copy of WinXP Home XP2 in the drive and proceeded with a Repair....however, I ended up doing a Win XP replace install.
Now the boot is hung on Windows Welcome screen. I changed out the video card to a basic AGP. It booted very slowly but did come up. I looked to Dell and found an improved BIOS A07 and flashed it. It booted even faster and better.
When I booted up....my desktop background was blue (instead of the "Diving/Fish" background). I looked onto the C drive and it was called Local Disk F. There was no C drive. I tried System Restore, all dates were "available" in April, but no date would let me click on it.
I placed my new WD hard drive in the secondary connection of ribbon. My Original hard drive boots up as F drive, but now I have my Diving/Fish background. I look and the WD drive is Drv2_Vol2 C: However, this drive will not boot up by itself. It seems the computer is looking at both drives??
Now my problem.
My F: drive (the old one) has 68 items-5.76 MB
My New WB Drv2_Vol2 C drive (the new one) : has 53 items-1.54 MB
Is there anyway to fix this mess without re-installing fresh? Really needed to DISKCOPY this old disk!
Help....I don't want to remove the new HD data because my old HD has an unActivated copy of WinXP (which I do not want to activate) and my new HD seems to have some good data (including my "Diving/Fish" background) but it is missing the Windows folder and about 4.22 MB of data.
WD - Level 2 - doesn't work on Saturday.
Any immediate help is GREATLY appreciated!!!!!!!