XP restore repeats and never restores
I thought I had a HD crash. Computer was lagging badly, I restarted, and it didn't recognize any boot device. I moved the master drive to my other computer (slaved it of course) but still couldn't access it. I had a spare drive at this point so I hooked it up and used the restore disc (XP home). Everything proceeds normally until restore finishes installing new files and restarts the pc then the whole cycle begins again as if it never began! I have been through this 3 times--tried formatting, deleting partitions, and doing a fresh install, but on each restart it acts like there's nothing there! Help!
Its a Dell Pentium 4 running XP home
Could this be a hardware issue other than the HDD?