Somehow, and I did not know this until reboot, my windows 7 pro system files were not on the same disk as the mbr disk the bios was booting from.
I ignorantly cleared off this "spare" drive and deleted the partition on it, since it would not let me format it.
I did not know it was the only bootable device the system had.
Now upon reboot it can't get to the drive my windows install is on, because that drive is not bootable. I did not know such a thing was even an allowed configuration.
This is my home computer.
My copy of Windows is on that same physical drive that I can't get to. It's a sata
I do have a sata to usb converter and I could burn a windows setup disk at work (I think).
I already tried booting from a 32 bit windows setup disk, but the screen never comes up.
System was running fine before I did this.
My first wish would be to make the system drive bootable and just boot into sata, since that's an SSD drive and should boot faster.
Also, maybe irrelevant, I'd like to leave out this old video card that is not being used, thAt the pc would not boot without it.
I am willing to lose my installation of windows. My documents are safe.