I started installing Windows from CD. All went fine until the setup got stuck while installing devices. I did a cold shutdown, tried a couple more times and then I removed the hard drive and replaced it with another one, as I am sure the freeze was due to bad sectors.
Now on entering the same XP CD and launching setup Windows sees the old (120 GB) hard drive. BIOS sees the new one (WD640) as does a Fedora Live CD, which I used to partition it.
When I unplug the drive and insert the Windows cd it tells me to reboot and select a proper boot device or insert boot media. Nothing changed in BIOS.
Am I seeing things?
Edit: I proceeded installing on the nonexistent hard drive – not finished yet.
Edit #2: It formatted the 131072 MB partition as NTFS – the only one it sees – and now it asks me if I am sure I want to install there, because there is another operating system on it. Surely a miracle.
And guess what! It is the Windows folder it sees.
Edit #3: It goes in circles. I rebooted and (after pressing F8 for the third time) it presents me with the same partition and same choices – now I am deep-formating the nonexistent drive.
Edit #4: Nope: vicious circle
Please save my sanity: I need to know where the heck did Windows store the info of the non-existing drive. It was surely a bug triggered when I killed the setup process.
And I need to know how to make Windows forget about it. I will try resetting the BIOS but still I want to understand what is going on.