Well, Anthony, the saga isn't over yet....
In the door comes a free NT operating system plus a nice CD to restore the HD to original factory tip-top shape and the ^%(*&!@ #@$$#^%# fails to load properly. Twice! (Laughing yet?)
Ok. I ran out of patience two weeks ago. NOW it is time to roll up my sleeves and get mean with machine so's I dust-off my ancient knowledge of the hated 'debug', type in a few lines of assembly language and blow away all the partitions. That straightened out that and NOW the disk is factory fresh and correctly partitioned for NTFS.
Gonna work now, ain't no bouts a doubt it...
This is when it gets to me, everything s/b perfect but guess what doesn't load. NT!
Starting to think of that that little mpeg I posted here, the one that launched a CRT from his cubicle. Remember that one?
I have a house full of Winchester hard drives, both SCSIs and IDEs, and have never had a problem with any of them (even dropped one once, and it kept on ticking.).
Everytime a Maxtor comes in the house it maxtorques and flails. Every one of 'em, honest to God. Just in case you might not have fingered it out by now, guess what the label on the drive that came with the new pc read? But its a secret, so you can remain in deep suspenders. There must be something about the geoposition of this place and the magnetic flux density surrounding this area.
Right now I am working 10-12 hour days with a 3-hour commute so I have neither the patience nor the time nor the desire to fool around, therefore I called the salesman and raised holy hell -- because he was told me it was going to be an IBM drive when I placed the order. boy did I get results, like a super-deep discount on the original purchase, a new drive on it's way, and other free stuff.
So you though I did some serious hair pulling eh? It wan't my hair that I pulled.....