Solved Hard drive will not boot

September 21, 2011 at 15:55:21
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro.
I installed a new slave (ide) hard drive in an older computer running Windows 2000 Professional. I need to older machine as the parallel port is required to operate my CNC equipment. Computer recognized the new drive and I (foolishly) drug and dropped the entire contents of the master drive onto the slave drive. Now the machine will not boot although it recognizes both hard drives. I suspect in my 'drag and drop' I moved the files from the master to the slave rather than simply copied them. I have my original Windows 2000 pro. upgrade disc but not the original (probably Win. 95) full copy anymore. Booting from the upgrade loads a lot of files but is asking for the complete Win. 2000 disc. Is there a way to check the master disc directory or possibly get into DOS and use *.* to copy the entire contents of the slave back onto the master. Thanks - Al

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#1
September 22, 2011 at 07:45:47
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Why did you move the entire contents? Was it just to backup your files or were planning to swap drives & use the 'new' drive as the boot drive? Obviously if you moved the files rather than copied them, you messed up. You may be able to restore the primary drive's contents by using recovery software, otherwise you'll probably have to reinstall W2K. You can do a clean install using the upgrade disk, provided you have a copy of Win95 or 98 to insert during the installation process as 'proof' of having a previous Windows OS. It does NOT have to actually be installed. If you don't have a Win95/98 disk, you can download one from the torrents.

1st see if you can recover the contents of the primary drive. Try Testdisk or Recuva:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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September 22, 2011 at 13:29:16
Thanks riider: Checked the master drive using chkdsk (dos). The drive is fine but the data in all the directories have been wiped clean (all directories are still there). Made a CD with TESTDISK using another computer but the problem computer seems to work only with my Windows 2000 upgrade disc. You mentioned a method for getting a full version of Win 95 or 98 as a download ('torrents'). Could you explain how this is done? If there is a cost involved, I have a full copy of Win 98 coming this weekend so I'll just wait. As a thought, as I moved all the data from the master disc to the slave, would it work to swap disc locations and try booting from the slave. Thanks again - Al

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#3
September 23, 2011 at 06:13:32
I'm fairly sure your data is still on the primary drive even though it's been "wiped clean". Even if the drive was reformatted, the old data can usually be recovered until it's overwritten by new data.

"Torrents" refers to a file sharing protocol used on the internet. You would need to install a "BitTorrent Client" such as uTorrent on your computer to be able to download/upload files. You can find just about any software program, operating system, music CD, movie, etc. thru the torrents. Some people consider it "pirating", so you'd have to let your conscience be your guide.

http://www.utorrent.com/


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#4
September 25, 2011 at 17:16:32
TBH I don't think Microsoft really cares about people pirating (I call it "experimenting with") 16- and 13-year old obsolete unsupported software; they're not making money off of that anymore.

If they did I can't imagine why BitTorrent and uTorrent haven't been shut down by now; they are the ones that make torrent downloads possible and both are based in California which you would think would put them under US jurisdiction. Microsoft is likely more concerned about their supported products which are XP and later, and Office 2003 and later.

http://sdfox7.com


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September 26, 2011 at 12:22:22
Just a quick thanks for all the help and good advice. My programming skills are antiquated having grown up in the old Fortran era. Still, I'd like to learn enough to work on my own computer equipment and this forum has proven to be a great resource. I did order a full copy of Win 2000 Pro. as it was reasonable at Amazon. However, knowing tools like TESTDISK and torrents exist is helpful and I will experiment with their usage once my machine is up and running. Thanks again - Al

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