And so what happens if you disconnect this drive? Putting everything more or less back to how it was when it did boot?
Had been neglecting to back up my files, and was just setting up a new wireless router, so that I could have my different computers setup and ready to go. Had to load some drivers for my usb wifi card, which I down loaded, since my cd drive wasn't connected. Wasn't working so well, so I decided to try and connect the cd drive. Shut everything off, turned it on again without the cd connected, it booted up. I did this about 3 more times, before I actually found the connector cable that I needed to connect the cd drive to the motherboard. After turning off the pc and hooking up the cd drive, I turned on the PC. It acted like it wanted to boot up, but stayed at a black screen with the "American Megatrends, etc, etc, Press F2 for setup and F11 for bootup, etc" Pressing either option had no effect. Was like everything was disconnected.
Wondering if I just disrupted something in the Bios, or if I ended up crashing the hard drive. Is there a way to check the hard drive, maybe by taking it out and trying it in my other PC?
I have another desktop, and can get another spare easily enough, but I have a bunch of files and data on this hard drive that I don't want to loose. Any help is appreciated.