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Operating system not found message after hard drive add-on/upgrade

I have a emachines t3100 that has a 30gb hard drive that was filing. i then added an ibm 80 gb hard drive which was seen by the windows xp upgrade from the original windows me software. i then transferred files, pics and song files to the secondary ide hard drive. after a few restart and fat32 converts both stopped working. i don't wanna lose the data and reboot or relad and wipe to add or recover when i add either i am told "operating system not found. i had the error on a small 3 gb drive from an old laptop....after loading windows xp, updates, turning off and on a few and unplugging-even with the bios/cmos on auto the drive disappeared and the error message was seen. i wrote down the drive details, put them in and it worked. i cannot find the details for the original drives. am i on the right track, over my head, what options do i have and what can be done to at least recover the files and nuke the drives and start over? can they be restored or a setting changed to make them work like i did the experimanal drive? let me know if i need to add details or offer anything else and if you can help, pleeeeease! I have alot of family and kid pics i can't live without, the music can go but i'd like it too! all of tem took me a decade to accumilate. thanks!

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Re: operating system not found message after hard drive...

Hi, if the drive was working you should be able to use auto detection in the bios to detect the settings, but what you have described doesnt sound like the board on the hard drive, i would think the only way to recover the files is send the drive to seagate and they give you a price to retrieve the data.. you can get more info on..

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