|Hi trvlr. Thanks for your reply and the information provided. I have good news. I'll just go through what happened this morning. I didn't attempt to attach the second Samsung Drive. Instead, I inserted the Windows Vista Restore CD that I bought 10 days ago into the CD Rom Drive and chose Install updated version of Windows Vista from the CD which uploaded a small number of files and then it checked my system firstly before proceeding with the Vista install however, it was unable to proceed to install the updated version of Vista from the CD ROM as I got the following error message:-|
You must make the following changes before upgrading Windows
Uninstall the following programs:
This compatibility report will be saved to your current desktop.
Potential issues were detected with installed applications/devices
These issues do not prevent your upgrade, but some applications and/or devices might not work once your upgrade completes.
Universal Serial Bus controllers: Sony Ericsson Device 125
Ports (COM & LPT): Sony Ericsson Device 125 USB WMC OBEX Interface (COM5)
Ports (COM & LPT): Sony Ericsson Device 125 USB WMC Device Management (COM6)
Ports (COM & LPT): Vodafone Mobile Broadband Diagnostics Port (ZTE) (COM16)
Ports (COM & LPT): Vodafone Mobile Broadband Secondary Port (ZTE) (COM22)
Network adapters: Vodafone Mobile Broadband Network Adapter (ZTE)
So, I tried to remove what it asked me to and tried a 2nd time, but I will not be able to use the CD ROM until I have removed the files above.
I then downloaded Linux Puppy as from what I have read it installs the OS on the RAM but that also required a restart so I was therefore left with no choice but to restart my system but the good news is that it did not freeze like it did originally and I was able to press DEL to go into the BIOS and change the BIOS date from May 2008 to the current date and press F12 to change the boot sequence from C to E (E is my DVD Drive) and saved that and the system restarted normally asking me for my password to sign in. I have restarted my system a few times since that this morning and now I get the message Type any key to access the DVD Drive first and then after a few seconds it changes to 1. Select Vista or 2. Start Puppy Linux.
I have not tried Puppy Linux yet.
I may later unplug my HDD and attach the Second Samsung HDD and install Windows Vista from the CD Rom on to that, so that if I get problems again like this episode, I can unplug my original HDD and attach the Second Samsung HDD. I don't have a 3rd Power Lead here to add it as a secondary drive yet so will need to get a power lead before adding it and using that as a backup of my data.
Anyway, at least this episode is over and in the 6 years I have owned the system, it has never done what it did on 12th February.
Hope to hear back from you soon and I will update you soon on how I get on later when I plug the 2nd HDD in and see what happens then.
Best wishes and thanks!