The AMD one failed to boot and to cut a long story short, unable to either Repair or Reinstall on top using the WinXP Disk. I end up with "Setup did not find any hard drive disk drive installed in your computer. Setup cannot continue. To quit F3"
The HDD is a SATA one, so no Master Slave links.
I have put in a new SATA HDD and WinXP installed normally. Tried connecting the failed SATA HDD to the other SATA port on the MB and nothing on switch on (guess it did not know which SATA it should boot from?) With just the new SATA connected and booted and running connected the failed SATA and it was not shown in either My Computer or Computer Management.
So question is, what should I try next? Luckily there is not much data on the old HDD that has not been transferred to CD-ROM, but would like to recover the remains.
Now the Intel pc.
This failed about 3 days after the other one. Basically failed to boot normally, then offered the usual choices of Safe, Last Good etc. None of them get anywhere. So far am reluctant to proceed further since this pc does contain some non-backed up data which is irreplaceable - I know, it should have been backed-up.
Would appreciate some pointers on best way to proceed. I cannot remember whether this pc is SATA or IDE, but I have a feeling it is SATA.
I am expecting in the post a SATA pci card which I can put in one of my pc's which is non-SATA which may be of use since there should be no doubt on that one which drive boots first.
Grateful for any suggestions, thanks.
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