Didn't know where to put this as its software and hardware problem lol.
so put it in two sections... Mods feel free to move/delete if in wrong section.
Right, I have two hard drives currently in my comp, both with XP Home installed. Both ATA. One is 250 gig (primary drive) and one is 40 gig (secondary).
I decided to reformat the 40 gig and install a fresh copy of XP. The install went fine however I have now lost access to boot onto the 250 gig. I can still access it from My Computer on 40 gig, the BIOS still picks it up on startup and its set as Primary Master, although it was set as Primary Slave before the reformat. Before BIOS used to give me the option to choose which drive I wanted to boot, which has now disapeared...
However if I look through msconfig BOOT.INI on the 40 gig thats working, it doesn't seem to pick up the other copy of Windows installed on the 250. Usually would be able to see all copies of Windows but can only see the 40 gig.
Things I have tried so far:
Set 250 and 40 to Primary Master/Slave and vica versa. didn't work
Reset BIOS. didn't work
Unplugged 40 gig but system tells me 'DISK BOOT FAILURE, ENTER SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER'
I am stuck and have no idea what to do... Any ideas?