1st off hello all. i'm not very knowledgeable but i ain't a complete eeejit. anyways heres my woes (and stats)
Antec TrueBlue 480W PSU
GeIL 1GB (2x512MB) PC3200 Value Dual Channel Kit
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 NCQ 300GB 6B300SO SATA 16MB Cache - OEM
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 10 NCQ 200GB 6B200MO SATA 8MB Cache - OEM
Asus A8V Rev.2 Deluxe (Socket 939) Motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester 90nm (Socket 939) - Retail
AOpen GeForce 6800 LE 128MB DDR TV-Out/DVI (AGP) & DOOM 3 Bundle - Retail
NEC ND3500 16x DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter - OEM slave on drive
my old DVD-Rom master on ribbon
my old SCSI CD-r/rw
old floppy disc drive
old 9.5Gb IDE slave on ribbon
old 16.7Gb IDE master on ribbon
anyways before i plugged in the DVDrw it all worked. however after plugging in the burner i now get an "NTLDR is missing ctrl + alt+ del to reboot" error msg. any idea's what it is. i'm believe its when windows deletes part of itself and its possible to be repaired. however i'm thinking of just running the 300Gb drive as primary and doing a fresh install and then copying the important stuff over then formatting the old 200Gb drive
if anyone knows properly how to fix it or any tips on how not to get it again feel free to let me know
I dont know why, but it happens. On mine, if sometime I plug another HDD, it told me just that. I had to specify in the BIOS to boot from my SATA controller first and then, look at the IDE channel next.
So check your bios for such option to specially boot with your sata controller, not only C:, because one of your old HDD might already have been formatted with an OS and it may have the C letter already asignd to and by installing it as master on channel1, with the burner as slave, it may just trick the bios and have it to try to start with that "old defective bootable partition" (remember when with fdisk, you have to set a partition as active in order to have it to boot?).
-Always put the blame on you first, then on the hardware !!!
Once both of these files have been successfully copied, reboot your PC.
It's possible your hard disk drive may have a corrupt boot sector and/or master boot record. This can be repaired through the Microsoft Windows Recovery console by running the fixboot and fixmbr commands.
I hope this helps, if not search on google.com on "ntldr missing". It's probably explained better since my english isnt that good.
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ok thanks for your help all. i think i have a better understanding of it all. since my 300Gb arrived this morning i'm going to gut the machine and re-build the bugger from scratch. should make life a little easier as last time i tried to use windows recovery (back on win2k) it didn't do a good job and i had to format the beastie any ways. i have little faith in microsoft. anyways... here's hoping and thanks again for all your help