harddrive problem

By jeffs5370 ·
i bought a used computer it has windows xp on it while i was installing my wireless card i noticed this computer has 2 hard drives one hooked up the other not when i got hooked up to the internet everything was working fine so i decited to try the other harddrive an error came up saying boot failure so i hooked up the other harddrive now it wont go to windows it says fi or delete for setup or esc to stop memory check i left the computer on to see iif it will do anything and it wont and the cd drives wont turn on or the keyboard wont light up know as well what did i do wrong

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Not really clear what you are saying here ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to harddrive problem

HOW MANY hard drives are connected now?

Have you tried to boot with ONLY the hard drive that was originally connected on its own?

Did you get the original operating system install discs with this computer?

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by IC-IT In reply to harddrive problem

mount or try to boot dependant on their jumpers.
Carefully look at the back of the drives. If the jumper is in the cable select (CS)position, then the drive at the end of the cable is trying to be the system drive. the middle one becomes secondary. Change the drive locations and you should be able to boot normally.
You can then Explore the other drive. You may need to take Ownership to access some folders.
The formally unhooked drive may have the jumper in the M or Master position.

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