So if you plugged that SATA drive into another port, you get a boot loop.
Also if you reset the BIOS you might get a boot loop as the default might be AHCI instead or IDE Emulation. This area is lost to the ages on new folk and old. The name of the BIOS entry might be something else.
If push comes to shove, just install some 120GB or smaller HDD and install XP while you still can or just move to a nice Linux.