hard drive unreadable after grub install...help please
hello all, i'm new to this forum (and linux) but haven't found any info about my specific problem anywhere i've searched on the net. if you take pity on a distressed newb, feel free to im/pm/e-mail in addition to/instead of replying here. ok, here it is:
when my system was fully operational, the configuration was
160GB S-ATA HDD with windows xp home installed
60GB IDE HDD used as storage
(system is a P4 ht processor in an asus MB, 512MB DDR PC3300 RAM)
While installing debian linux on the 60GB drive (with the sarge
installer) after reformatting/partitioning, I pointed the GRUB bootloader installation prompt to my 160GB drive. When I went to restart, however, I found that I was unable to boot windows; only linux worked.
I have since tried using a win98 boot disk and running fdisk fixmbr,
as well as using the windows XP cd to try and accomplish the same
thing, but xp still will not boot when I select it from GRUB's menu. in
linux, when i try to mount the 160GB hard drive, it gives the error:
"wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock", i have been completely
unable to see the contents of this drive.
when i unplug the 60GB drive and try to boot just from the
S-ATA 160GB one, all I see is the word "GRUB" in plain text with a
blinking cursor after it. This makes me think that
somehow the mbr used by the computer is located on the IDE drive,
although that's supposed to be my secondary HDD, seeing as how it
never had windows on it. Also, the S-ATA drive is listed in BIOS as
"third IDE master", i have no idea what to make of this.
if there are details i've left out, please let me know what they are so i can make this entry more complete. thanks for taking the time to read this and in advance for any help you may choose to offer