Sports weenie @ full attn
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Laughlin AFB
What the hell happened here?
Let me start off by saying I'm making a vow to never work on computers again. Every time I do, something gets f'd up.
I have a laptop that's been screwed up for a while and I'm 99% sure it's the HD. To see if I can even get any data off the HD, I bought an IDE adapter to connect the laptop HD to my desktop. So tonight I hook up the HD using the IDE cable to one of my CD-Roms. No dice. The computer doesn't recognize it. So I shut down the computer, unplug one of my HDs, and use it's IDE cable for the laptop HD. Well, it doesn't boot. I swapped the HDs (since I have 2 in my desktop) and same result.
So I came to the conclusion that the laptop HD is official fubar and cut my losses. So I shut down the computer, plug my 2 desktop HDs back in, and the damn thing won't boot. It says the "config/system" file is corrupt or missing. Huh? All I did was swap around a couple cables trying to get an HD to work. How the hell could I have corrupted any files? It says to run the XP recovery CD to repair Windows. So I do, but it sends me to a DOS prompt and asks me for an admin password. Well, I don't have one. So I restart, and the same thing happens. So I say F it.
Hour later, I turn on the computer just hoping by some miracle it'll boot, and it does. WTFO? But now it's making me update to XP SP2 so I guess the recovery worked without me even enabling it.
So here's the $1M question: How the hell could I have corrupted any files by unplugging HDs? Could the laptop HD have screwed up my computer in any way?
Sorry for the novel, but I'm stumped and severely beaten down.