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How do I access my old HD?

by Rob10 / March 21, 2006 10:24 PM PST

I recently did a clean install of XP on a new HD, leaving my old drive and OS in place for later use. The drive configuration is Cable Select, with the new drive in Master position (at end of cable). The problem is that I can't seem to access my old OS on the old drive. When I boot up there is no choice of Windowx XP or ME (old OS). When I enter F8 and go to where there is a choice of OSs, XP is the only one listed.
My BIOS is set to recognize both drives and it shows them in place, with XP as the Primary Master and ME as the Slave. I tried swapping the order, but then the computer wouldn't boot.
I posted over at Tom's Hardware and was told the MasterBootRecord didn't get set up properly because I installed XP when the drives were in Cable Select configuration and the only way to solve the issue would be to reset the drive jumpers to Master/Slave with XP as the Slave, and re-install the whole OS all over again, then return the drives to Cable Select.
I only need Windows ME occasionally and will eventually just remove it, using the old drive for files. Is there a way to access it without the above reformat/reinstall?

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You could try something like Boot magic
by retired / March 22, 2006 1:48 AM PST
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Looks like ME is toast. Data Recovery program?
by Rob10 / April 2, 2006 12:02 AM PST

Looks like my old OS (Windows ME) is history, at least as far as being accessible. Are there any data recovery programs that aren't too expensive? I backed up most of my important files, but there are a couple I forgot. They're not important enough to spend a lot of money recovering.

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