I was trying to install Windows XP on my WD 1TB Caviar Black that has Windows 7 on it. I was going to dual boot them.
Now i have installed dual boot setups before and have never had any problems.
So i popped in the xp disc and started up the install on my 20gb partition for it.(Windows 7 was on its own partition of course.)
As the install process went on it was going fine until it reached the part where it was installing network components. Then the computer restarted.
So i figured lets try again and when it went to the boot menu it had 2 entries Windows XP professional (which i was installing) and WIndows XP home edition.
Weird. I hit professional and it started installing again until it got to the same spot and restarted. I thought never mind i’ll just forget it
I knew i needed to fix the boot record as the xp one usually overwrites the 7 one.
Pop in my 7 disc and it wont boot from the cd just has a blinking cursor then goes to the boot menu.
I made sure my bios settings were correct and tried a different 7 dvd. Same problem.
Tried a Linux mint disc and it brought up an I/O error saying that that the computer could not communicate with either the cd drive or the the hard drive.
Thought what the heck maybe i should try my brothers external dvd burner.
Plugged it in set it up in the bios and put the 7 disc in there. Starts loading the files and right when it got to the actual setup menu i get a Blue screen saying something about the partition manger is incorrect or something to that effect
Last resort, i put my hard drive in my friends old computer and booted off of his hard drive.
I can access my hard drives files and everything but all i want to do is fix my boot record any ideas?
When i tried to run the Windows 7 disc again on my friends computer it gave the same I/o error.
What can i do to get the hard drive working again? I am fine with losing the data on it