I also hope you did not reformat your XP system drive or you will have to reinstall.
To get your computer to boot into the other drive, go into your BIOS and change the boot order of your hard drives. In my BIOS this option is under Advanced BIOS Options. Save the setting and the machine will reboot. If there is an OS on the second drive, and if it has a valid Master Boot Record, it will boot up.
Philippe Ohlund wrote:Now I get a new odd message: "NTLDR is missing" press ctrl + alt + del.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I think that you reformatted the drive that had Windows on it.
Here is what I would do.
First, I would verify what I have. I would do this by booting a Linux live CD. Once it came up I would use the file manager to verify what was on my hard drives. If my Windows partition is still there, I would use the repair function of the Windows installation disk to repair the NTLDR. If my Windows partition was not there, I would reinstall Windows on the empty (reformatted) disk.
Of course, if you can't get a Linux live CD or are not comfortable enough with Linux (though using the live CD is really very easy), then just installing Windows on the empty disk will get you up and running again. Once up, you can see that is on the disk you did not reformat.
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Thanks for your kind reply, Peter!
Actually, I went to a computer repair center with my harddrive today.