I'm working on the g/f's parent's computer (spyware problem, I'm betting) and we can't even get it to boot past the wallpaper. Since it's winME and a gateway machine, my options are somewhat limited.
I decided to cut a corner and just run an adaware scan from my computer using their HD as a slave drive.
I was having difficulty getting it to show in my computer, despite the fact that it could be found in device manager and in the BIOS.
Apparently, Gateway uses or used at the time Roxio GoBack program for their PCs so people could restore their machines to a former state on their own. This same program gets in the way of WinXP to be able to see that drive as another drive letter because it messes with the MBR.
Here's Microsoft's description/solution:
When you try to upgrade to Windows XP, or when you try to install a hard disk on your Windows XP computer, the hard disk may not appear in Windows Explorer or in My Computer, even if the hard disk does appear in Device Manager and in Disk Management console. You cannot use Disk Management console to assign a letter to the hard disk.
This problem may occur if you have used the Roxio GoBack program on the hard disk. The problem occurs because Roxio GoBack modifies the master boot record (MBR) and changes the partition type on the hard disk. This can cause the drive to be inaccessible in Windows XP, even when the hard disk appears in Device Manager and in Disk Management console.
You may work around this problem by using the following steps:
WARNING: If you are not sure that you can safely follow these steps, contact your hardware documentation or contact the manufacturer of the hard disk or the computer before you continue. 1. Configure the hard disk as the primary master, and then restart the computer.
2. Disable Roxio GoBack. To do so, follow these steps: a. Press SPACEBAR to view the GoBack boot menu.
b. Press D to disable GoBack, press Y to confirm, and then press ENTER two times.
3. Shut down the computer and then return the hard disk to its original configuration.
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
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