Ok so I got Windows 2008 Server R2 through Dreamspark for free since I'm a student. I know a lot of people have converted it to be a solid workstation which is basically Windows 7 but maybe a little lighter, but with more involved configuration to get it working right.
Currently, I can't use the Asus Chipset Support DVD that came with the motherboard, can't install an anti-virus, and my secondary hard drive isn't showing up in My Computer even though it's in Device Manager and says it's running properly.
My 250G is my secondary drive. There is nothing but storage on this old drive. I installed Windows onto a new, clean 1TB Samsung F3.
But now, Windows will not load without the secondary drive being connected, and not only that, it must be set as the primary boot drive in the BIOS.
If I set the F3 as the boot drive, it will act as though there's no OS. So I have to restart, set the 250GB as the boot drive, and it will start.
But THEN, when I get into Windows, the 250GB doesn't show up in My Computer. It only shows in Device Manager, and it says it is functioning properly.
Wow. I just added the drive path and it showed up. So simple lol. Thank you! That helps a lot.
But I just restarted after that - I still can't boot without the secondary/non-OS drive. Does anyone have any idea about that part?
My OS drive won't boot without the non-OS drive... doesn't make any sense at all to me.
Ok well I tried using Windows Repair with the install disc and the 250GB drive disconnected. That didn't work - no drive showed up to repair.
But I'm sure a reinstall with just the F3 connected will work. Thanks for the help