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XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

Question: XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

I created a new partition as part of XP installation. after the formatting completed the PC the HD will not boot and hangs.With the XP installation disc after the message Setup is checking your computers hardware configuration I get a black screen and the system hangs. I cannot access the drive to continue the XO installaion.

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Answer: XP installation problem, Hard drive not booting

Are you sure the partition is formatted (NTFS or FAT32)? Do you have more than one partition?

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I just put a new hard drive in. Didn't work, messed around found out it was the CMOS. Booted up first time, got the "Found new hardware" thing. I then partitioned and formatted it and it worked great, until it got to 100% then the whole thing froze. No mouse not tab no nothing. Had to do a hard shutdown. Now when I boot up it gets to the screen with the blue bar scrolling across on the bottom.


After that it flashes the BSOD. Then it restarts itself. It then asks me if I want to start in safemode and all that kind of stuff. I click on any of them and goes back to the windows screen. Up pops the BSOD and start the whole process over again.



Also, it does not recognize my optical drive./

Can anyone help me?

Answer:Booting up after new hard drive installation problems. Also BSOD problem

Its probably a bad drive.

What is your EIDE Configuration?

How are the slave and master set and state what drives and Optical drives are on which channel.

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Ok, I have an external hard drive (150GB) which is partitioned into two parts. One partition , about 145gb, is data and files of my own. Then there is an extended partition at 5gb in size, which contains windows xp installation files. What I did was take my windows xp cd, make an ISO, and then extracted the iso and put the files into the extended partition of my external usb hard drive.

The computer I want to install to has a cd drive that is not working and thus i cannot install windows xp from a cd. The BIOS of the computer DOES support booting from a USB device.

I have partition magic software and have used it to create the 5gb extended partition on the usb external drive. However, I don't know how to configure anything so that it will acutally know to boot from this partition and what files to use to start the installation.

Any ideas!!?
 

Answer:booting a windows XP installation from an external hard drive

The partition on the external drive that contains the installation files needs to be an active partition in order to boot from it.

Personally, I would install a working CD drive. They are quite inexpensive these days.
 

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Hi everyone

I do hope you can help.

I recently turned on my computer to find the message "No bootable devices", press F2 or F12? blah, blah, blah.

I'm running Vista on a Dell laptop. It's about two years old. After some fiddling, that message stopped appearing, but now every time I turn the laptop on it asks me if I want to start the machine in recover mode or normal mode. No matter which of these options I select, the computer still does not boot.

I did a bit of research and attempted a system recovery with two different CDs. No joy. The one that was recognised by my computer (the other didn't even boot) tried to reinstall Hal (?) and another element. However, I think it may be windows that is now missing (?) or I have a hard drive issue.

Could it be that I need to reinstall Vista? I have my product key but no CD to boot from. Does anyone know where I can get one? Do you think this will resolve the issue? If it means I lose my files, so be it - most are backed up anyway.

So, in summary:
- computer says "No bootable devices"
- I tried to recover windows with two disks? recovery didn't work, plus struggled to back anything up
- I don't have a Vista CD but do have the product key.

Please can you help?!

Thanks in advance
Tim

Answer:Hard drive booting problem

when you first start your computer, are your hard drive(s) listed?
if not, you might try resetting the BIOS to default values.
if thats not the problem, your probably going to need a windows disc.

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I have just fitted an SSD drive and cannot set the device as the primary boot source. I have Win 7 home premium. Gigabyte GA-H61M=USB3H Micro-ATX Motherboard.
I have two options on booting up F12 or Del key. If I press F12 I get the option of selecting the SSD drive and it duly boots up ok. Pressing Delete key shows all the boot options but the SSD drive is not shown so I am unable to save this as the primary boot option. Can anyone help please?

Answer:Problem booting from new ssd Hard Drive.

OK problem now solved.

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hello,
i'm very new to these kind of forums, but my problem is as follows:
a few days ago i was having some problems with my laptop's speed so i shut it down and thought nothing of it. the other day, i attempted to boot it up as normal and it wouldn't do anything. i tried in safe mode - nothing. at one restart there was a flash of a BSOD, so i figured i must have caught a virus. i've now attempted to save my files via a SATA/IDE connection, and here is my problem.. after i've plugged everything in it shows up in my computer, but it seems like there is nothing on the drive.. i've used this kind of connection many times before and have never had any problems recovering my files.. does anyone know what could be the problem? my hdd from my laptop is a hitachi 5k750 and it runs windows 7 x64 and the computer i'm using is running at a 32bit OS. could that be the reason why it doesn't want to open? the only other option i see is to do a factory reset, but i'm desperate to avoid this as i have so many files i didn't get to back up and it would be a huge loss to me if i had to take this option. i would appreciate any help!

Thanks!

Answer:Problem regarding hard drive booting?

Welcome to Seven Forums tstylez88.

Try the steps from these tutorials:

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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I recently moved some cables around in my computer, to increase the air flow, and make it look better. I have one of those stupid IDE cables where it matters which end you put into the mobo, and which end I put into the HDD.

I accidently put it around the wrong way, and it wouldn't boot at all. I then fixed the cable, and then my OSs would have a big fit, and say system error, or not boot at all. I've got a couple of blue screens with Windows.

Yeah, so, I tested my Hard Drive on my parents computer, and the same thing happened.

So, I think my Hard Drive is the problem.

I'm running Windows XP Proffesional Service Pack 1, and Ubuntu Dapper Drake.

I was wondering if you guys would be able to help me...
 

Answer:Both OSs not booting... Hard Drive Problem?

check bios see if drive shows
if you have the install foe OS you may need to do repair
 

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Hello guys,

I have a Dell Dimension 9200 desktop, core 2 duo 2.4 cpu, 4gb RAM, ge force 8600 gt. I have one hard drive, 2 cd-rom drives. I am running windows 7.

Yesterday i tried to install windows using a bootable usb with win 7 on it, because i don't have a windows cd. I realised that it won't boot from usb. I setup in bios to boot from usb, tried to press F12 at startup and selected to boot from usb and nothing, pc just freezes. Then i got a windows cd and tried from cd, same thing. When i try to start windows normally, boot from hard drive, pc restarts at logon screen, at that windows animation screen. I tried in safe mode, it freezes at a file called classpnp.sys. I tried many sollutions found on google, nothing works. I also tried to replace the hard drive with another one from my laptop, same thing happens. I loaded bios to defaults, same thing. I tried repairing, it sais that windows could not rapair. I think i tries almost everything i found on google. What could be the problem?

Thx in advance for your help.
 

Answer:Problem booting from cd, usb, hard drive...

Now, when i boot from cd, it not freezes, but start some Caldera dos instead of windows setup. I also disabled restart so windows would not restart at login screen and i get blue screen with error: 0xfffff880009a0028, 0xffffffffc0000034, 0x0000000000000000
 

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I have three hard drives in my computer.
2. Main 1TB WDCaviar Black with windows 10 installed
0. secondary useless (as of right now) 1TB generic HDD
1. SSD with Mac installed

if I remove drive #1 I can still boot to drive #2 but if I remove drive #0 (with nothing on it), I cant boot to my dive #2

I read somewhere that the boot partition gets installed to wherever 'disk0' is.
maybe that will help?

Answer:Problem booting Windows Ten without my other hard drive.

From the screen shot you posted, we can't see which partition is Active, but if you can't boot with Disk 0 disconnected, it would seem that the first partition on 0 is active. If you highlight this partition in Disc Management, you'll be able to see.
If this is correct, you'll need to mark it Inactive, and make Disk 2 (C) active.
You can asssign drive letters to the large partitions on Disks 0 and 1 by right clicking them, and make them usable.
If you plan to keep Disk 0 in the computer, there's no need to change the active partition. Oh, and the active partition doesn't have to be on Disk 0

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I have three hard drives in my computer.
2. Main 1TB WDCaviar Black with windows 10 installed
0. secondary useless (as of right now) 1TB generic HDD
1. SSD with Mac installed

if I remove drive #1 I can still boot to drive #2 but if I remove drive #0 (with nothing on it), I cant boot to my dive #2

I read somewhere that the boot partition gets installed to wherever 'disk0' is.
maybe that will help?

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My Bios set up shows my boot seq as my 2 CD Drives as 1/2, followed by my A:\ drive, followed by my two internal hard drives, followed by a network option.

I am trying to run a back up utility that will perform my back up to a 500 gb USB hard drive, then switch off/restart my computer. I can not run this because the computer will not boot with the external hard drive attached.

Is there a way round this problem...................amny help would be appreciated.

Ian Wallace
 

Answer:Solved: USB Hard Drive Problem on Booting

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So I have an Acer laptop that was given to me after my desktop computer stopped working. Instead of paying to get it fixed, I took the hard drive out of the desktop and bought an internal hard drive converter so I could hook it up externally to the laptop. It has worked fine, but I'm having some issues with booting from the now-external hard drive. I go into BIOS and make the external hard drive the number one hard drive option on the list or whatever. The computer boots, and starts to load windows, and then once the windows loading screen is done, the computer just restarts itself and goes back to the Acer loading screen (where I'm able to press F2 for BIOS). Am I doing annything wrong? Is it a problem with my old internal hard drive from my desktop?

I have windows vista on the laptop, but windows XP on the external, is that an issue? I have a lot of music production kits and programs and whatnot on my old hard drive that I'd like to now use on the laptop so I figured booting from the old hard drive would be an easier option than having to reinstall all the programs and everything onto the laptop (which would not even be possible because I dont have enough memory on the laptop hard drive to hold the files I need from the old hard drive).

Any help or advice would be much appreciated as I'm trying to get back to my work as soon :)

Answer:Problem booting from external hard drive

Hi and welcome to TSF

Generally speaking it will not work, as the old HD, is married to the old, now dead PC, hardware. It is looking for things that no longer exist anymore.

BG

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Hi. One of my computers has stopped booting. I was playing a game earlier and it froze completely, total failure which required holding the power button. I started it up again and it booted then froze again when playing the game again a few hours later.
Now it fails to boot. When turning on, "Intel Rapid Storage Technology - Option ROM" starts with a prompt to press Ctrl+I to enter the configuration utility, then after some seconds to another prompt to do a recovery.

In the recovery utility I am given the arrangement of the hard disc:
"ID: 0 Name: ARRAY1 Level: RAID0(Stripe) Strip: 128KB Size: 931.5GB Status: Failed Bootable: No"
Underneath, the physical devices involved, two entries on ports 0 and 1, device models, serial numbers, size and then type/status (vol ID) of Member Disk (0) and Non-RAID disk".

The hard drive is a Seagate 1TB model (I think) running Windows 7.

What exactly has happened and is there anything I can do? Will it not be able to boot again without deleting the RAID volume and therefore formatting the disc?

Thank you in advance and if I've left anything out, please say.
 

Answer:Computer not booting - Hard drive problem

RAID-0 is very prone to failure. You could have one bad drive but unfortunately that renders all the data gone. You should test each drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics, run the full test and see if it reports any errors. On many systems you can just disconnect one drive at a time while leaving RAID on for the test, otherwise you have to go into the BIOS and change the drive mode from RAID to AHCI or IDE/Legacy for the testing then switch it back on.
 

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Hi,

I have setup my PC to have dual booting with Win XP MC OS on a SATA hard drive and Win XP Pro OS on a separate (IDE) hard drive.

I have no problems booting up in either OS, however, the problem is that the drive letterings are DIFFERENT depending on which OS is working. I am concerned because I may run into problems when I try to restore a drive after a failure etc - I could mix things up and end up ERASING the wrong drive !!

Let me be more specific in describing my set up since this might be critical in your assisting me.

Like I said, the Win XP MC OS is on a SATA drive which is on my Intel motherboard. This drive has 2 partitions on it.

The Win XP Pro OS is on an IDE hard drive (with 1 partition) and is mounted as a MASTER on an IDE cable with another hard drive mounted as Slave on the same IDE cable. The Slave hard drive has 3 partitions.

This IDE cable is attached to an Adaptec ASH-1233 ULTRA ATA/133 PCI card since the Intel board had only 1 IDE slot which is being used by my 2 optical drives (If I hook up the optical drives to the PCI card the computer was telling me in the boot menu that there were no optical drives - so I had to hook them up directly to the motherboard).

As I said, despite the "confusion" above, I have no problem booting up in either OS and running the 'computers'

The letterings I get are as follows :-
(I am listing them so that the drives correspond in each OS)

Drive Let... Read more

Answer:Problem with Hard Drive lettering in DUAL BOOTING PC

Okay i dont get it? What is the letter as they are seen under SATA and under IDE. I see a bunch of letters but none of it makes sense. C: C: G:

What does all that mean? Go this way.

SATA
C: System Drive
E:\ First partition SATA Drive

IDE drive 1
G:

IDE Drive 2
H:
I:
J:


Soemthing like that and tehn go the same route with the IDE Drive. That way we can figure out what is going on.

The way to change them is right click on My Computer>Manage>Disk Management. In there right click on any partition and change drive letter. But you will not be able to change the system drive that you are currently working under.

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I have Windows 7 installed on my new computer, but my firewire audio card and also some software wouldn't work properly with it, so I put my old hard drive with Windows XP installed on it into my new computer.

I can boot up Windows XP from the second hard drive at the bios screen bit, but when it gets to the log in screen, the mouse and keyboard will not respond. I have tried multiple mice and keyboards including the old school style non-USB keyboard. The keyboard works fine to press F12 to get into the boot menu etc but then just stops working completely when XP is loaded. I assume its some kind of driver issue or something like that but I'm pretty useless with computers and I have no idea how I can get my mouse and keyboard to respond in XP

Please if anyone knows how let me know, thanks!!

Dominic
 

Answer:Booting XP from second hard drive Mouse/Keyboard problem

I was thinking about maybe if I copy and pasted all the drivers from my C: windows folder into the windows folder on my D: drive (old hard drive). Maybe this would let my mouse and keyboard work? I'm a bit worried though it seems like the kind of thing I do that seems like a logical idea but actually screws up my PC
 

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Hi Guys and Gals,

Ok here's the thing.

I have a Compaq Presario 900 which doesn't have a working CDrom drive.
I took my harddrive out and put it in my friends Dell Inspiron B130 and installed Windows xp SP2. Now that all works fine but(there is always a but ....) when I tried to put the harddrive back into my laptop(Presario 900) Windows will not boot, even if I go to safemode first thing. I thought maybe I could install Windows from the USB port but my BIOS doesn't have a BOOT FROM USB option. Also there is no Bios update that will give me that option.

I have tried deleting and installing all the drivers for the Presario then trying to boot like that but it still gets stuck.

Is there a way or does anyone know of a way I can somehow get this to work???

Thanks in advance.

Perplexed!
 

Answer:Problem Moving hard drive and booting Xp on different computer

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When I start up my computer I get a notice telling me that a parameter has exceded it's normal operating range, and to back up any data. Usually I just pressed F1 to continue the booting process, but I can't do that anymore. I can't even press F2. What can I do? Is my HD dead?

Answer:Having a problem with my hard drive, computer won't go past booting up

That's a possibility, but if it were caput, you would get a no boot device error.

Any prior symptoms leading up to this?

And, what is that F1 to continue to boot thing? You know that's not normal.

It's also possible you were hit with malware.

Couple of things to try:
1. Enlist the help of a friends pc, and download the Seatools diagnostic iso; burn it to cd using ImgBurn at 4x speed. Boot your machine with it and do the tests. Seatools will work with most hd's. If the hd passes, go to step 2.

2. Download the Kaspersky rescue disc iso, and burn this to cd disc as well. Make sure your internet connection is good so you can update the program when it loads. Boot up with this, update, and run the scan. Let us know all the results.

Please fill in all your specs!

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So recently, the hard drive that came with my computer has failed. So I purchased a replacement hard drive (Blank / Unformatted) and have been trying to re-install Windows 7 Home Premium 62-bit. The only problem is that I cannot boot from the disk, it doesn’t even seem to recognize that one is in it. All I get is the “Reboot and select proper boot device or insert media” screen. Here is my Boot Priority:

1st Boot Device: CD-ROM Group
2nd Boot Device: HDD Group
3rd Boot Device: Floppy Group (Not Installed)
4th Boot Device: Network Boot Group (Disabled because one is not setup)

Note that there is no option to select a USB device as that would require an update to the BIOS which can only be done with a CD-ROM or Floppy Disk (Which this computer doesn’t have). I am wondering if the problem is a driver issue as any CD-DVD Driver would have been on the old hard drive or if it is just faulty. I Have tried both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit DVD ROM for windows 7 (Just in case the older hard drive is for whatever reason not 64-Bit compatible and took out all but one stick of RAM and it still won’t boot.) If anyone can help me figure out what is going on it would be greatly appreciated. Here are my system specs:

Old hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (ST31000528AS)
Capacity: 1 Tb
RPM: 7200
Firmware: HP35
Replacement hard drive: Seagate Barracuda ES (ST3250620NS)
Capacity: 250 Gb
RPM: 7200
Firmware: 3.A EG
Motherboard: N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)
Chipset: AMD 785G
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Answer:Problem Booting From A Windows 7 CD After Hard Drive Failure

No one have any ideas?
 

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I tried putting in my old hard drive into my new one as a secondary. i couldn't set the jumpers because i dont have the piece.

so what can i do now? do i have to buy a new hard drive and install that instead?

Answer:hard drive installation problem

You should have EIDE which does not require the jumpers. The end plug is the primary.

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Hello, and here's the thing,

I recently tried to install a new maxtor diamond 8 plus hard drive in my machine, and while the physical end of things went well enough, I have encountered a real poser on starting back up. I downloaded all the relevant software from the Maxtor site (I think, that site needs an interpreter!), and ran it. Everything proceeds normally upto and including loading Windows 98. The load up had to use Maxtors' DDO overlay option, but this appeared to work, and the drive was recognized as 40GB.
The machine functions well enough until you do a restart. At this time I get the following message:

Error 1 loading OS

1. Shutdown
2. Boot from floppy
3. Run OnTrack from disk manager (?, I don't know what or where this is!).
4. Upgrade

Any suggestions appreciated,

Squeezle
 

Answer:hard drive installation problem

Can you get to Find Files and Folder from Start?
If so, try a search for disk manager to find it.
 

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I have an P333Mhz System that I am trying to reinstall XP on. The hard drives is recognized in the BIOS. When the XP installaiton starts it says that it can not locate a hard drive and quits the installation. I have tried three different hard drives and receive the same error. I have two controllers on the board, primary and secondary. I tried both controllers and still get the same error. Can anyone offer suggestions
 

Answer:Hard Drive/OS Installation Problem

have you tried putting the hard drive as the master on the primary and the cd-rom drive as slave on same cable?
 

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Hi, I have an 8199-84U A30 ThinkCentre that I am trying to get a WD EIDE 320gb hd installed on & I am having nothing but problems. I know that none of the original drivers are installed, but I can't get the computer to recognize the hd. I tried to f6 to install the drivers but it wants me to install the media into drive a but I have a cd & can't get the bios to switch to read the cd. I made a boot cd but it doesn't have the drivers on it. If anyone can help, I would be greatly appreciative. Thanks in advance.

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Hi everyone, yesterday I decided to upgrade my existing hard drive on my cpu. The original one began making a noise so I got scared and decided to upgrade. My current system is a Dell Dimension 2350 w/ 2.2 ghz p4 and 512 ram running Windows XP. I decided to buy the drive at the following link - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...ductCategoryId=pcmcat33200050001&type=product

I installed the drive fine, went through all the procedures and had my cpu up and running, therefore I know that the cpu does indeed accept the drive and the installation was originally done properly. The problem was that, as you know, you need Windows XP SP1 or higher to access the rest of the partition (using the easy installation for Maxtor it partitioned the drive to 127 gb). I installed the OS w/ SP 1 and installed the registry patch that Maxtor supplies to allow the cpu to access the rest of the partition on the drive which worked fine. The problem was that, while I got a message stating that the registry patch was successfully applied and I could now access the rest of the drive, I didn't know how to partition the rest of it so that it can actually be used. This is where the problem occurred. I opened up the MaxBlast software and I wasn't sure where to go. I booted up w/ the Maxblast disk in order to attempt to reclaim the rest of the hard drive and I did something in one of the settings that, from what I understand, tells the system bios that the drive is actually smaller than ... Read more

Answer:Hard Drive installation problem!

it looks like you destroyed your partition table when trying to access the rest of the drive the first time. you did the right thing by doing a low level format (writing 0's). if anyone wants to know, low level formatting will fix all partition table errors and some other random drive errors that can't be fixed by a regular format. anyhow, try installing windows as is and see if you can find all 250gb. you should be able to find it all, in fact. if you really really can't, you can use partitionmagic (dos edition) to expand your 127gb partition to the rull 250. but no matter what, i highly recommend you let windows initially partition and format your drive.
 

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Recently bought new hard drive and installed as "Master" "C" drive. My old "C" drive connected as "Slave" now "F" drive.Although I can open folders and read files on "Slave" drive I cannot access some programs, most importantly "Quicken" and "Outlook Express". Also, my audio, which worked well on the old drive does not now work from either, all I get is a loud crackle from the front centre speaker.For info.my Mainboard was replaced a few years ago.

Answer:Problem with new hard drive installation

Did you clone your old C drive? Or have you just reinstalled windows on the new drive?

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Hi,

I have purchased a corsair SSD 250 gm hard drive and installed it in my acer lap top.

prior to installing the new hard drive, i created recovery disks so i could easily reload my windows 7 and drivers.

now, when i load windows, it still shows the old 450 gb western digital drive, and shows me how much space is used on it and how much is left. when i install anything, it says it is installing it on the old western digital drive.

when i go to start -> computer -> manage i see the old hard drive and its partitions. i also see the new drive, and it says 240 gb unassigned.

i can see the corsair under my devices. so the computer is seeing it. but windows thinks the old hard drive is still in the computer.

not sure if this is impacting performance or not. is windows utilizing the ssd speed? i have no idea how much space is left on my hard drive.

anybody seen this before?

thanks

Answer:New/Old Hard Drive Installation Problem

  
Quote: Originally Posted by magicapples


Hi,

I have purchased a corsair SSD 250 gm hard drive and installed it in my acer lap top.

prior to installing the new hard drive, i created recovery disks so i could easily reload my windows 7 and drivers.

now, when i load windows, it still shows the old 450 gb western digital drive, and shows me how much space is used on it and how much is left. when i install anything, it says it is installing it on the old western digital drive.

when i go to start -> computer -> manage i see the old hard drive and its partitions. i also see the new drive, and it says 240 gb unassigned.

i can see the corsair under my devices. so the computer is seeing it. but windows thinks the old hard drive is still in the computer.

not sure if this is impacting performance or not. is windows utilizing the ssd speed? i have no idea how much space is left on my hard drive.

anybody seen this before?

thanks


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My Dell E1505 laptop hard drive has went on vacation. Purchased a Seagate 250gb sata hard drive, but when I insert the XP disc, my cd rom spins up, and then I get the message, NTLDR missing. Unable to format, thus unable to install XP, thus I have a Dell E1505 fishing sinker. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard drive installation problem

Have you gone into the BIOS and changed the boot sequence to boot from CD ROM first?
 

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When I install a used Maxtor 17 GB HD(Win98SE and boots in its own P-II 300 MHz system,jumpered to CS) on the primary slave IDE cable connector in my HP Pavilion 325C (WinXP on Samsung 60GBSV0602H jumpered to CS; on the Primary Master connector),the BIOS will auto-detect the 2nd drive, but does notdetect the original (master) drive.Exiting BIOS, the computer freezes.When I remove the 2nd drive from the slave connector,the original drive boots to XP normally.Any similar experiences or possible solutions?

Answer:2nd hard drive installation problem

Set the first HDD to Master, second to Slave.

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I recently bought a new hard drive that I want to install as my new boot drive and use my old one was extra storage. i pretty much want to jsut copy my old HD over to the new one and erase the old one. here is my problem:

I followed the instructions to perform this task as explained in the manual and despite my gut feeling that it wasnt right, i went ahead anyways. the program that came with my new HD (Maxtor MaxBlast) had me install windows onto the new HD. This is what is wrong I believe. I installed windows fresh and then did a disk transfer (frmo old HD to new) using this MaxBlast program, it said it would over right any duplicate data, so i thought that this way would work. it didnt, and i cant even boot my cpu up now.

so here are my questions....i think the best way to solve this problem would be to completly erase and format the new HD and just do a data transfer from the old drive and reboot. how can i format the new HD without being able to boot into windows? and secondly, is there anything else i should do before the data transfer after the format?

thanks for your input in advance!
 

Answer:New hard drive installation problem.

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I just bought a new hard drive and cannot figure out why it won't install right. I have an old Abit BM6 motherboard and bought a new UltraATA 133 80 gig hard drive. Now I don't know what hard drive speed my mother board is capable of, that's why I bought the Maxtor ATA pci card with the IDE controllers on it so that the motherboard can handle the speed of the new hard drive. Well I have an older 10 gig HDD as my bootable HDD in thier right now w/Windows XP installed on it. I plugged the PCI card in the motherboard and the ATA133 hdd into that, turned on the computer. It said it found new hardware and to put the CD installation disk in so it can install the drivers. So I put the MaxBlast plus II in(came with PCI card), and it said something about the drivers not being compatible with XP, even though on the instructions it says that it is XP compatible.

So I scratch that for now, I put the new hdd on the same IDE cable as the old HDD, start the computer. Run auto-detect, it detects both HDDs, save and restart. Start up with boot disk, get to the a: prompt, and run Fdisk, the old HDD is in thier but the New one is not, so now I can't partition it.

Can someone help me, what am I doing wrong, I really need to get this HDD installed. I don't know what other information u need.
 

Answer:Hard Drive installation problem!!

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Hi guys,

I just installed winXp on my computer and i am having trouble with one HD. I will explain below in detail.

I had Win Xp before and i got a problem with the system, so i decided to install XP again. I started my computer with the disc in and i installed Xp just fine (I chose the option of having C not formatted, just Windows folder overwritten). It recognized everything and i installed all my drivers for graphic card, audio and i managed after a while to get my SATA HD to work. The problem that remains is another HD. I had, before I reinstalled, a 300GB Ultra ATA/100 Seagate HD as a Slave to my OS HD (I have the OS alone in a 30GB hard drive with only some basic programs). After the installation the HD is showing only 137GB (even though its showing normal 300GB at the setup blue screen, I get that by pressing Del), and when i click on it in the my computer folder it asks me to format it... I really dont want to loose all my data. Can you please help me?

Thanks
 

Answer:Hard drive problem after new Win XP installation

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Hi everyone,I've just assembled a new pc with all components new. Everything worked fine to the time installation was neccessary. I put in the bootup disk for Windows XP and everything was working fine until the last disk #6 which brought out a blue screen with some problems. I tried it second time and the same problems keep coming up. I've heard people called this "Blue Screen Problem" but I don't know how I can get over it.Could you please tell me exactly what I can do to make my new computer works. Thanks a lot.

Answer:Problem with Installation on a new hard drive

It would be a good idea to post the error

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Hi,I have a lenovo y50 laptop that comes preinstalled with windows 8. The laptop has a 1 TB hard disk that I decided to replace with a SSD. I then installed windows 7 on the SSD and the SSD became the internal storage and the 1TB hard disk became an external storage connected through the USB.I use legacy boot to boot windows 7 from the SDD and it works great.My problem is I can't boot windows 8 from the 1TB when it's connected as external storage through USB. I had used UEFI boot and tried also to disable secure boot but had no success.I always get an automatic repair window, However windows 8 boot correctly if I connected the 1TB as an internal storage with the same BIOS setup (UEFI boot and Enabled Secureboot)Any ideas how I can boot the preinstalled windows 8 from a hard disk that is connected as an external storage?Thank you.

Answer:Problem Booting Pre-Installed OEM Windows 8 From External Hard Drive

If you wish to boot from a USB device you will need to change the boot order in the BIOS so the the USB is the first device in the boot order and the hdd the second device.
 
You will have go through this every time since these are on to separate drives.

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Hi Guys I have just installed a second hard drive to my system, and upon reboot a black screen appears advising “ no boot device detected” In the BIOS the boot order has changed to (1) Floppy. (2) Lan, (3) Lan, (4) Lan. In the CMOS splash screen upon start-up no drives are recognised, displaying NONE for all. My system is a Dell Dimension 2350 P.4 running XP sp3. 1GB RAM. In this installation setup I have an 80GB HDD set to Master jumper setting and a 20GB HDD ( 2nd HDD) set to Slave.
Prior to the installation of the 2nd HDD the 80GB booted OK, and the BIOS settings were (1) Floppy (2) Hard Disc (3) CD ROM (4) Lan.
One thing I should mention this system has just come back from a computer shop where I had XP sp3 installed due to a mishap on the original Hdd which destroyed the Operating system. The XP sp3 system which came back from the shop had Acronis True Image installed on it? I was going to clone the new system to my 20 GB using my own Acronis software, as a backup, because I would not have a disc to recover to if anything went wrong in the future. Anyone got any ideas on this puzzle, or diagnostic ability. All help welcomed.
LJSilver
 

Answer:Solved: Technical Problem 2nd hard drive installation problem

Sounds like either the drivers are jumpered or cabled wrong or that booting from a HDD has been disbaled in the BIOS. If you disconnect the second drive does the system boot?
 

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I am trying to install an additional hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5000 and can figure out no way to attach it with the brackets that were included in the maxtor kit. The original hard drive (which I want to keep) is enclosed in a cage type metal bracket and there is not a second one for the new drive. Have contacted Compaq with no result. They keep giving me directions on how to configure which I'm sure will be helpful if I ever get it attached. They studiously ignore me when I say I think a part is missing, i.e. the bracket. Does anyone out there know the type of bracket or part # so I could find another one. I can see that it would be simple to put in if I had that particular bracket. Written on it is Mace Tech REV: 5 and p/n 66300006 but I can't find that anywhere and am thinking that Compaq must use another number. Is there some other way to attach using the brackets that came in the Maxtor kit? Or a way to jerry rig it without harm? The new hard drive is a Maxtor 60G, 7200 Rpm. I would really like to try this myself rather than have a tech install it but not even being able to connect to begin with is frustrating.
 

Answer:hard drive installation bracket problem

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i have a toshiba satellite a105-s4274 and i tried to reformat it and after it went most of the way thru i got a "ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to exit" and called toshiba they said hard drive was no good so i buy a new hd and put it in and am getting this error with the recovery cd in

pxe-e61: media test failure, check cable
pxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent.
operating system not found

toshiba said i'd need to have a tech look at it which best buy wanted $50 to install it and i already paid 50 for the new hd and the laptop itself is only worth 150 or so, so i'd like to get this fixed or just sell it, any info would be appreciated
 

Answer:new hard drive for laptop installation problem

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I`ve just installed a small Maxtor Hard Drive to use as slave/backup. It appears to be working fine and I have full access to the drive through "My computer". The problem is everytime I reboot the PC XP recognises the drive as new hardware and tries to get me to install it.Do I need to use Fdisk to install the drive or does that just format/partition the drive?

Answer:Slave Hard Drive installation problem.

click here= for maxtor guidance on dealing with this.

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ive just installed an extra 10gig internal hard drive to my pc i have a 20gig master and have now installed a 10gig drive as slave. the problem is when i powered back up again my pc which is windows me operating system recognises the two drives, but it has the master drive at 17gig and the slave drive at 3gig. does my pc still think that it still only has 20 gig installed, and is sharing the memory capacity between the master and slave drives. if so how do i get round this. please help...
 

Answer:Solved: hard drive installation problem

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I am trying to install a HD, which used to be an external, into my main desktop PC as a slave. A problem happened when I put the wrong power adapter into the external which caused it to malfunction. I was given advice to take the HD out and put it in the machine and test it. Now for some reason everytime I go to put it in the machine and power it up the power will not work. When I take it off by unplugging it the power comes on like normal.

I have looked here:

http://www.maxtor.com/portal/site/maxtor/menuitem.5d2b41d3cef51dfe29dd10a191346068/?channelpath=/en_us/Support/Product%20Support/Desktop%20Storage/DiamondMax%20Family/DiamondMax%20Plus%209

For the correct way to set the jumpers but I have had no luck. Im curious to know if this is the final sign that the harddrive is broken beyond repair or am I not configuring it correctly.

I figured despite the configuration you would still be able to boot up. I booted up using anther HD and it came on but to set it up as slave seems a little different.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Basic Hard Drive Installation problem

Sounds like the jumpers aren't right.
You will also need to set the jumpers on the Master drive.
For example, if the Maxtor is slave, make sure the master is set as master and not Cable select, or set both drives for cable selest if your drives both support CS, and your mother board needs to support cable select also.
 

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I have a Dell 8300 Dimension XP(home)/SP2 with 1

I had an 80GB external hard drive (designated G in which I was backing up old files, but wanted to make it my photo storage area since I keep a large number of working images. This worked well for me with no problems.

I bought a Simpletech 160GB external hard drive from Circuit City to add additional storage, advertised as ‘plug and play’, so I hooked it up (the computer designated it as drive F and then installed the Simpletech StorageSync software. I was able to back up C drive to F drive (the drive designated for the Simpletech external harddrive (160GB). No problems occurred.

Everything seemed to go OK. Backup Files were seen on the F: drive.

Then I looked into drive G:, the existing 80GB external hard drive that I had been using for backups. It had been working perfectly. It had been using the Acronis backup software with it. I could see all folders, but when I tried to open folders, I saw nothing!!. No files were showing.

I decided to reboot. Then to my surprise, no F: or G: drive was recognized. I disconnected and reconnected power source and USB connections. Didn’t work.

Then I found the detailed .pdf file in the Simplesync disc. It said I should disconnect the external harddrive and then instill Simplesync. So I disconnected both external hard drives. Uninstalled completely the Simplesnyc, then reinstalled Simplesync and reattached the connections to the USB ports. Drive F: came up. But when I tried a backup f... Read more

Answer:external hard drive installation problem

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I have a older computer and the manufacturer of the pc says that the motherboard can only read up to 8.4 GB I want to install a new HD so I bought a 20 GB it's the smallest I could find , anyways does anyone know how to trick the motherboard and although im wasting most of the HD, can I make the motherboard work it as if it was a 8.4?

I was told by them it was possible. So far i've installed a smaller HD and setup windows on it, so it could boot. But I tried to install the 20 gb and it just freezes at start up no bios screen nothing at all. Any ideas?
 

Answer:[SOLVED] Hard Drive Installation... problem

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i have a toshiba satellite a105-s4274 and i tried to reformat it and after it went most of the way thru i got a "ntldr is missing hit ctrl alt del to exit" and called toshiba they said hard drive was no good so i buy a new hd and put it in and am getting this error with the recovery cd inpxe-e61: media test failure, check cablepxe-m0f: exiting intel boot agent.operating system not foundtoshiba said i'd need to have a tech look at it which best buy wanted $50 to install it and i already paid 50 for the new hd and the laptop itself is only worth 150 or so, so i'd like to get this fixed or just sell it, any info would be appreciated

Answer:new hard drive for laptop installation problem

Recovery CD only works with original hard drive by "recovering" the image on the hidden partition.  Put the original hard drive back & try again.  This will return the computer to the original "as shipped" condition & you will lose everything else.

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I have just installed a new hard drive on a HP Pavilion xt963 and am now having a problem with the monitor not turning on. I have tried the HP Chat Support to no avail. The new hard drive is a Western Digital 80gb.

To be clear, there is no blank screen or black screen with a blinking cursor. The led indicator on the monitor turns green when the computer is turned on, but immediately turns yellow, which is the color when the system is on standby.

I have tried all that I know and am now at my wits end. I would appreciate any help in this matter.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive Installation Problem

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I've just fitted a 40GB excelstor HD in my Dell Dimension xps T700r, previously running windows 98. Dell diagnostics CD correctly identifies the disk, but I can't get any further as no C:\ drive is recognised when I try to run anything else. Excelstor don't seem to offer any real help. I don't know how to set it up to be able to load windows 98 and use the damn thing. It is the master, I have removed the faulty old drive. Annoyingly all the customer reviews on ebuyer praised its ease of setting up! which is why I chose this make that I've never previously heard of. Help???

Answer:excelstor hard drive installation problem

You will have to format it first, If you wish you can also partiton it using the fdisk command.

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I've been trying to install Windows 7 recently, on a computer that was running XP. I was prompted to install it by a series of BSODs, and general crashes, usually triggered by particularly system-heavy operations. This was usually followed by a restart - and when I attempted to restart the computer, it sometimes said that it couldn't find Disk 0, and that it couldn't boot. So, I tried to install Windows 7 with an installation disk that's been lying around for about six months - seeing as I couldn't boot XP. The boot screen from the disk showed up fine - the pulsating Windows logo, that is - and then it just got stuck there, for about two hours. I repeated this process, restarting the computer and turning it off, until I got to the install screen, and tried to install it. I selected the C: partition on the second install window (I have a single drive divided into two partitions) and proceeded to format it. This formatted both partitions, and therefore lost my backups which I had naively placed on the D: partition. So, I was left without backups. However, I kept on with the installation, hoping that it would work - and tried to install it on the (empty) C: partition. However, the progress bar became stuck at 0% for the next hour, at which point I restarted the computer and tried again. This time, there was only one partition - the C: partition, and it was full up. It was a 500gb drive, and it had 1024kb of space left - I then tried to use it, select it,... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 installation problem & bad sectors on hard drive

The hard drive is shot. Trying to install Windows on a failing hard drive is like painting a house that's on fire. It's pointless. There's nothing you can do to fix a failing drive.
 

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I plugged in my WD passport external hard drive into my USB port on my pc that has a newly installed copy of windows xp professional. The new hardware installer pops up, I chose the auto find drivers. Then it copied over called Initio. After that I got another little window asking to give the location of this missing file ivusbWxp86.sys.

I have never heard of this file and I googled it and there was only 1 page that mentions it. However when I went to the site, it said nothing more about it. I even searched their site for it, and found nothing. I plugged the same drive into my old pc that my kids use and it installed just fine and works. It also works just fine in my husband's pc.

On another note I had to do a fresh install of windows because my old hard drive went bad. The hard drive is new.

My computer is custom built with :
EVGA MB NF780i SLI
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Answer:Solved: USB External Hard Drive installation problem

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I'm having horrible problems getting a working windows machine running. I had about 180gb of extremely important files on a seperate partion of a 298gb atapi hard drive, and I tried reinstalling windows on a smaller partition of the same drive. at the partition selection screen, the only option it gave me was to repartition the (already ntfs) partition as ntfs, so I did that, and it rebooted and when it (almost) came back up, I found out that it had wiped out every partition on the entire drive, so that it was just 298gb of unallocated space.
The only free partition revocery software I could find and use other than testdisk for linux is a program that has to be run from windows,
I tried using testdisk on the PartedMagic CD I use to recover the lost partition, and it saw everything but my important 180gb partition, so it was useless to me. Since then, I've tried installing windows on at least a handful of physical hard drives, and on every one of them, the windows xp installation starts fine, and gets up to the first time where it's supposed to reboot, and when it does reboot, it says:

Disk error
press any key to restart

I know it's not a problem with a single hard drive or (probably not) a hard drive controller, since as I said before, I've used a handful of physical hard drives, all with the same effect. Also, I can install a working installation of Ubuntu Linux 7.04 on them, and it boots from the hard drive just fine, which seems odd to me.
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Answer:urgent hard drive/windows installation/partition recovery problem

have you disconnected the other h/d whilst you install
the inicial load goes into ram and it hands over to the hard drive on the first reboot
check the jumpers are correct on the drive,with it the only one in set it as master
clear it first with dban
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/dban.html
then do the format and install

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Hey guys,

I have a HP Touchsmart IQ500. Turning my computer PC on today, all I got was a blue HP invent screen with setup, boot menu, system recovery, and system diagnosis, and I could not get past it.

I entered the BIOS and figured out that the hard drive was listed as "not installed." Pretty sure that is the main problem.

I tried a system restore (with the Windows 7 install disc), but I guess the computer couldn't read the hard drive enough to enter safe mode (I tried restarting and F8ing several times).

I put in an external hard drive, and the BIOS read it; however, windows does not allow you to partition an OS on a hard drive.

I am all out of ideas; I'm currently taking apart the computer (touchsmarts are hard to pry open), but I have no clue about computers so I'm hoping one of you guys can help.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Computer Not Booting Hard Drive/Unresponsive Hard Drive

It should be under warranty...probably too late but taking it apart will most likely void the warranty.....sounds like a dead hard drive/loose cable

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I recently formatted my c drive and now i am reinstalling all the software. I keep all the setups of software in my external hard drive. For installing the software I coy the setup folder of the required software on my laptop, then install it.

Is straightaway installing the software by accessing the external hard drive okay? Does it make any difference in the installation time or any reduction in life of hard disk performance.

Or should I always install through my laptop hard drive?

I am running windows 8.1 pro

Answer:installation software from external hard drive or internal hard drive

Your method is as good as any. If it works, keep doing it.

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Hi, when i boot up my other computer it is a black screen and says "Primary hard disk Drive 0 cannot be found, strike F1 to continue or F2 to enter setup utility." When i strike F1 it says something like "boot up failed press F1 to try again" what do i do? When i press F2 it takes me to a screen and Undery Hard disk drive 0 it says unkown and under hard disk drive 1 it says off.

PS. My computer also makes alot of beeping sounds all of a sudden. Plz help me What is going on? Thankyou
 

Answer:Problem booting computer "hard disk drive" help plz

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HiMy current pc specswindows 7 ultimate,hdd:320 gb(now replaced),1gb RAm2 weeks ago my lenovo R61 started showing fan error,I force fully sometimes closed laptop by pressing power button for 5 sec around 10-15 times because it never gets shut down,after opening it by pressing Esc key.Then I opened it,saw dust,cleaned fan dust.And it worked smoothly but after one day,windows stopped booting at logo glowing screen.It hangs there for so long.Again forcefully shut down.Luckily i installed ubuntu too on separate partition.It was working normally but few days later,ubuntu also stopped booting.Then  I thought to replaced my current hard disk(320 gb)  with my older one(It is 160 gb,it has windows 7 installed, i took it from my brother lappy of SL500).And my pc boots normally,it worked but again with some times showing fan error and on pressing Esc,logging inwindows 7,sometimes mouse automatically right clicks (i have updated mouse drivers).No fan is available in india of its model,although i have now extra one cooling pad,which keeps laptop cool.Questions:Is my hard disk(320 gb) has failed?Is my fan error eventually going to destroy my motherboard,if i do not replace fan?Why sometimes fan error comes and some times not, and why mousepad sometimes gets disabled on some parts like taskbar,and then it works,sometimes automatic right clicks ,then later works.?What is problem  

Answer:Fan error,windows stopped booting,replaced hard drive,Windows boots mouse problem

Typically, a fan error means you have a bad fan and if not that, probably a motherboard problem.  I would first try ordering a new fan (I will locate a part number for you).
 
Hard shutdowns do damage because the OS could still be writing system information when the PC suddenly goes off, and on the next reboot, you may have a damaged file.





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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.
I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

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Answer:Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

please do not duplicate posts here
Not sure if you have die to a server error - i have been experiencing here
however, closing this post
continue here
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1068945-windows-7-installation-not-booting.html
 

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: How to Install Windows 7 or Vista from Bootable Portable USB Flash Memory Key or Hard Disk Drive ? My Digital Life

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive with CMD.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 ... Read more

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My machine won't boot up unless I disconnect all of the Hard Drives. I still have my two SSD's (RAID 1) that have Windows 7 Professional installed still running fine.

I had one hard drive ST4000NM0023 (4TB) fail (had four of them), and so I replaced two of them with ST10000NM0096 (10TB) drives.

I had software backing up the failed drive, which was my D: (Documents & Program Files) drive. The backup drive F: (D Backup) has now been renamed my D: Drive, and I transferred all of it's files to a new F: backup drive.

I had to copy & paste everything from one folder over to another one of the same name because Windows 7 had automatically installed new folders with the proper icons on them (as per attached image). I had two of "My Pictures", "My Documents", etc.., with one having an icon and one not.

It seems like I had to move my files to the new folders or else my other programs couldn't seem to find the files they needed even though the the folders had the same name, minus the icon.

Copying files from folder to folder was very time consuming, and used all of the systems memory. I would successfully reboot the system after each successful transfer so I could restore the RAM back to 64GB.

I left the largest folder "My Documents" till last. After I successfully transferred the files in this folder over to the new "My Documents" folder with the icon on it, I tried rebooting the system and it would not work. I ... Read more

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Hi,

I'm trying to install a Windows 7 Profession 64 bit version over a Windows 7 Home Edition 32 bit version.

I know this isn't possible without a clean install, but my problem is, the installation won't boot whatsoever.

Two days ago I installed a fresh copy of W7 32 bit over a vista 32 bit with a flash drive on a laptop with no problem, so I know how you make a bootable USB.

This time however, using the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool didn't cut it for me as, even though it was prioritzed in BIOS, nothing would happen and W7 32 bit would just boot like normal.

So I tried to manually set up the bootable flash drive, which also didn't work.

After a lot of searching on google, I learned the problem might have something to do with the bootsector not able to be run on a 32 bit OS.

So, I found another guide: http://www.mydigitallife.info/how-t...able-usb-flash-memory-key-or-hard-disk-drive/

I used the W7 32 bit version I used on the laptop 2 days ago, and put the bootsector of that version on the flash drive.

Again, this didn't work as the computer would just boot windows 7 32 bit like usual (and again, I adjusted the priority in BIOS)

Now I got enough of trying the flash drive to work, I tried burning the ISO file on a DVD using Imgburn.

Burning the DVD went smoothly and I quickly had a DVD with the W7 64 bit installation files.

This however, didn't solve anything as (again, prioritzing the DVD) W7 would boot up as usual.

I&... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows 7 installation not booting through Flash Drive or DVD

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i have A1524N Hp media center desktop ..i am trying to install window proff in it ..the setups process went good and it says after restart ur setup will continue ..but when it restarts it comes again on setup menu again ..and everything start from the beginning once again ..i checked boot sequence it was on cd then hard drive ..so i removed cd from cd Rom and changed boot sequence to hard drive first ...but its not booting ..could anybody help me in that ..when it restart it shows a msg to go in confirgaration menu ..so i had tried everything in that menu ..but did't help ..could anybdoy suggest me how can i boot my computer now ..thanks in advance ?? i have tried customer service and he said ur cd is busted..so i tried another cd and same thing happened ..plz help ???

Answer:problem in booting after installation ???

Quote:





Originally Posted by bindudhindsa


i have A1524N Hp media center desktop ..i am trying to install window proff in it ..the setups process went good and it says after restart ur setup will continue ..but when it restarts it comes again on setup menu again ..and everything start from the beginning once again ..i checked boot sequence it was on cd then hard drive ..so i removed cd from cd Rom and changed boot sequence to hard drive first ...but its not booting ..could anybody help me in that ..when it restart it shows a msg to go in confirgaration menu ..so i had tried everything in that menu ..but did't help ..could anybdoy suggest me how can i boot my computer now ..thanks in advance ?? i have tried customer service and he said ur cd is busted..so i tried another cd and same thing happened ..plz help ???




G'Day bindudhindsa,

When you are initially installing Windows?XP, there will be a "Set Up" Blue Screen where you will see all the Drivers being loaded across the bottom of the screen.
Once the Drivers are loaded, and the HDD formatted, the computer will reboot to continue with the installation.
When it reboots, it will give a Black screen saying Boot from CD....Press any key to Boot from CD....
(This screen is very similar to the original Black Boot/Set Up screen that you saw.)

This time...DO NOT TOUCH IT!...Just fold your arms and DO NOTHING!

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Greetings! Subject line says it all! I wish to resurrect an heirloom R31 with a dead hard drive by somehow upgrading the Bios to accept USB drive boot-ups with Windows and Linux. New HD out of question right now. I''m wondering whether there's an Ethernet/internet way of implementing this. I'm not a techie but I'll try to deal with techie solutions if possible. Thanks for any advice! Jim in NYC    

Answer:Can R31 Bios Be Upgraded Without (dead) Hard Drive To Allow USB Drive Booting?

Hello and welcome,
 
I don't know the answer to your question for certain.  I can say that on my almost-as-old R40 it is possible to boot a USB flash drive, but it takes a bit of a tap dance.
 
Hmm, are you looking to boot a flash drive or an HDD? Either way, this _might_ apply to your heirloom.  Some notes from my old blog:
 
...Since it looks like a HD, it does not show up in the laptop's boot device menu (F12 during boot), but it does show up as a hard drive deep in the BIOS config.  It would be much nicer if the BIOS would present the jump drive as an option in the "Removable Devices" portion of the boot device menu.
 
To boot from the formatted jump drive, first install it in a USB slot, then start the ThinkPad and go to the BIOS configuration screen:
 
BIOS SETUP>STARTUP>BOOT>HARD DRIVE>LEXAR...
 
Use F5/F6 to move the jump drive up to the hard disk default position (the first).  Save the configuration, and reboot to the jump drive, either by letting it default to HD, or by selecting Hard Drive via F12.  Once the jump drive has been removed (and/or the machine rebooted?) the jump drive will no longer be the default.  It is necessary to go to BIOS each time the jump drive is booted.
 
Maybe...
Z.
 

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I just installed windows xp on an older PC I have. The installation went fine and everything was working perfectly. The computer then froze and I had to reboot. Now it will not boot up at all. The computer is an Old Compaq presario, and it doesn't even start to load windows up when I boot it up. I cannot access the bios, or anything. I tried to boot from the installation disk, and nothing - it won't recognize anything. Please help!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Try clearing CMOS
 

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hey guys and girls. hopefully you will be able to help me. i've spent all day today googling and trying all suggestions to no avail.

i had windows xp pro sp3 installed on a 200GB SATA drive that started failing. so I added a 500GB SATA drive to the same channel, but as master. i also have a dvd burner and another hard drive, so when i installed windows on the new (500gb) drive this is how it was all setup

DVD-drive (channel 1 master)
IDE 80GB HDD (channel 1 slave) - media files only

500GB SATA hdd (channel 2 master) - empty, new drive
200GB sata hdd (channel 2 slave) - windows xp still installed

i went ahead and installed a new copy of windows xp to the new hard drive. everything went fine. after installation the boot screen showed two copies of windows, and the default (first) one was the NEW installation on the 500GB drive.

after going in i moved all the files from the 200GB drive to the new drive, and deleted all the folders from the old drive, including the Windows folder from it.

i kept restarting as i installed updates and there was no problem...everything working great.

then i realize that in my BIOS, the settings were to boot from the 200GB drive as it had been in the past. i changed that to boot from the 500GB drive (which has the windows files after all!) and i got "disk boot failure, please insert a boot disk and press enter".

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I just installed windows xp on an old compaq presario computer I have. The installation went fine, and everything was running perfectly. But the computer froze and I had to reboot it. Now it will not boot up at all. It doesn't even get to loading windows xp, it just stops with a flashing cursor on the screen over the Compaq logo. I cannot access the bios screen or anything. I tried to reboot from the installation disc, and that doesn't work either. Please help!!!
 

Answer:Problem booting new installation of windows xp

Please do not post duplicate threads.
 

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I bought a new cooler and a new atx case after moving my PC to my new case and installing my new cooler my PC wont start... well my PC still runs, fans, gpus, cpu fans, led lights etc. only my monitor and keyboard & mouse lights wont start, I also tried using a different monitor but to no avail... any ideas?

Answer:Problem in PC not booting-up after new cooler installation

Are you getting any beep codes? I'd try reseating the GPUs, memory and check all your power cables.

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Hello, I had installed Samsung SSD Pro 840 on Lenovo G510 with the help of Samsung Data Migration and it was working perfectly but now i want to install new windows and its stucked on the boot progress. Some months ago i had installed new BIOS ver. 3.07 to 3.09. Furthermore, I have installed the Seagate harddrive now but having same booting issue. Maybe of BIOS ver. ?

Answer:Booting problem on Windows Installation

hi jklogic,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
A few questions:
1. Is the Seagate drive the orignal HDD that came with the machine (with Win8.1 preloaded)? If yes, is the system stucked on the lenovo screen (similar to this thread) or during/after the windows loading screen?
 
2. What other version of Windows are you trying to install on the Samsung SSD? If you're trying to install Windows 7 or older, have you tried to the set the following in the BIOS?
 
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Boot Tab:
UEFI = Disabled
Boot Mode = Legacy
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS
 
 
Let me know how it goes.
 
Regards

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Steve C said:

I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?

Answer:Curious Problem Booting from Windows 10 Installation USB?

Originally Posted by Steve C


I've just created a Windows 10 installation USB using the Media Creation Tool.

I then booted it on my Windows 8.1 Pro desktop PC just to check the USB stick would boot. It booted to the first installation Windows 10 installation window as expected. I didn't want to do anything else so I just removed the USB drive and hit the PC restart button.

On restart, the PC did a chkdsk scan of drive C: and then started automatic repair for no apparent reason!

After a few minutes of watching the automatic repair rotating circle, I just powered off the PC and restarted the PC and it booted fine straight into Windows 8.1 as normal.

Why would removing the Windows 10 USB then pressing the reset button cause chkdsk to run and automatic repair to be invoked on restart?



Perhaps it had already begun rebuild boot files.
You probably should have aborted the install, closing the windows then clicking 'Yes' when prompted 'Are you sure you want to quit the installation?'
Are you booting to the USB trough the BIOS or are you opening the USB and clicking on the 'Setup.exe'?

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Hi friends,
my vista home basic is not booting from this morning. i spent this whole day to correct it but nothing worked for me.

i put my recovery cd but the recovery option cannot detecting vista. morning there 5 options for recovering . but now i cannot even format the hard disk , so now i cannot do a new installation also. when i try to do a new installation it is asking for load the drivers. i have done that . my hard disk is 8o gb and it shows that 10 gb is using for recovey and the other 70 gb unallocated place when i try to create a new partion it fails. i dont know what to do. mine is a dell inspiron530s desktop

yesterday i shutdown the PC normal way. but this morning its not booting. today only i did some BIOS changes and again i changed it to default settings.

morning there was one option recover to factory image settings but now there is no option like that............

please help meeeeeeeeeeee

Answer:Help me i am in trouble vista booting problem now cannot do new installation also

Hi
I suggest you read the following thread, particularly the second post which is by OldGrayGary. That may help provide the solution to your predicament.

www.techsupportforum.com/microsoft-support/windows-vista-support/174502-window-vista-winxp-both-exist-1-comp.html

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Hello,

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

I've been trying to fix my laptop (Acer Aspire) for about 2 months, and it's been a bit of a saga. I've tried lots of things, and have persisted because it's seemed like I've been gradually honing in on a solution, rather than chasing a lost cause.

I was on Vista, which came with the laptop, but then the laptop got very ill, to the point where I wanted to do the Acer factory restore, but this didn't work, nor did any of the various recovery options in Windows. I was worried that the hard drive was physically damaged, so I wanted to try formatting it, which I decided to try and do in the course of installing Windows 7. This didn't work, so instead I formatted the hard drive using Ubuntu, and then tried Windows 7 again. That didn't work, because the hard drive needed to be NTFS, so I re-formatted it as NTFS using GParted.

However, Windows 7 install still isn't working: it goes most of the way but then just hangs indefinitely on a black screen with 'Setup is updating registry files' written on it. I've googled this and it seems that this is quite a common problem when installing W7. However, the problem that I have is that all of the solutions offered are to do with booting up as normal and changing things in Control Panel etc, which obviously I can't do.

I can go into more details about what has happened if needed, but basically the state of play now is:


I need to install Windows 7 from a cd-rom I hav... Read more

Answer:Need to fix a Windows 7 installation problem without booting to desktop

Hi i think I would be testing the hdd for issues try downloading and burning this to a disc or if you know the maker go to their support site and get their diagnostic tool
SeaTools | Seagate ask a friend to burn it for you use imgburn The Official ImgBurn Website
and read the tutorial on seatools for dos

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I've ghosted my entire system across to another hard drive with the intention of using it as a back-up in a critical situation. Everything seems to have successfully been replicated on the 2nd drive, however if I attempt to boot up from the other drive (after unplugging the main drive), it only boots up part-way till it gets to the blue window with the windows logo and then freezes. For some reason it won't go any further. (The drive light on the front of the base unit pulses). I've set the BIOS so the 2nd drive is the 1st boot device, but it won't perform correctly.
Any ideas? Feedback on this will be much appreciated.

Answer:booting from a 2nd hard drive

How is the jumper set on the second hard drive? I'm guessing it doesn't matter since you are able to get to the Windows logo but it wouldn't hurt to check. My suggestion would be to make sure the second hard drive is setup as primary master.

Lydokane

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I have a T510 (4349-2PU) on which I would like to install a second hard drive using the ultrabay adapter. The primary purpose of this would be to run an alternative OS.  I wonder if someone could please confirm whether or not this is likely to work, and if I would need to make any changes to the Bios settings?  Also, would it matter which drive has the boot manager installed? Thanks for any advice.

Answer:booting from second hard drive

they would both need boot manager installed you would need to set the one you want to boot to first in the BIOs if you want the ultrabay HDD to boot it has to be listed first in the boot order correction: from andyp  Install the OS on the "second" drive with it in the primary slot - swap it to the bay, insert the original drive as primary and use the F12 function at boot. No need for a boot manager - easy peasy.





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how do you boot from usb hard disk with windows xp

Answer:booting from usb hard drive

The system must support booting from a USB drive, not all systems can. If you have a boot menu you can access usually by press F10, F11, or F12 you should be able to select the USB drive if the system supports it. You can also check in the BIOS to see if it is an option.

Without knowing the make and model of the system it's difficult to give more specific direction.

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I had a motherboard problem and which had to be replaced with the ASRock P4i65G motherboard. I tried to intstall XP on my original HD and I had problems. I bought a new disc the Hithachi and I installed XP on it and it installed ok and it booted without any problems. I then took it out made my old HD the master and the Hithachi the slave but I still could not install XP on the old one so I tried to reverse the order and then I got the message "Reboot and select proper boot device or put media in the boot device and press any key ...". It would only boot from a discI took out the old drive and could not get the Hithachi on its own to boot despite trying various jumper settings.After awhile without success I then borrowed a WD drive and installed XP on it again it booted ok. I then took this out and tried booting the Hithachi still the same booting message, I returned the WD and now it will not boot up and gives the same "Reboot and select proper boot device or put media in the boot device and press any key ..." message.The drives could be accessed via Windows Recovery and I put in a new cable.

Answer:Hard Drive not booting

When you swap hard drives you need to go into the BIOS and make sure the BIO can see your new drive, its probably looking for the old one.

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Hello,

I have a question regarding booting up different OSes. I have an Alienware laptop and thanks to my own stupidity, I ended up downloading a virus....well I did a complete reformat and reinstalled all of my software. Then I get my free Vista upgrade disk in the mail and I installed it. To make a long story short some of my favorite games wouldn't work anymore on Vista, but ran fine under XP.

So, I reformated the hard drive.....again..and went back to XP. I have 3 versions of XP, plus the upgrade disk for Vista and while I liked the graphics and the neat features, of Vista.....would it be possible to install XP/Vista on my 250 gig Maxtor HD in a USB enclosure and be able to switch back to the Laptop's HD when I want to game and my regular stuff??? Is it possible to have it do this from the BIOS???

Also, could I use this idea to load up a Linux harddrive like Ubuntu?

Let me know


Thanks.
 

Answer:Booting from a USB Hard Drive-is it possible

http://www.hddsaver.com/content/18/index.html
 

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Question: BOOTING HARD DRIVE

I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO OPEN A HARD DRIVE THAT I JUST COPIED WITH EASEUS TODO SOFTWARE FROM MY OLD HARD DRIVE
APPRECIATE ANY HELP THANK YOU
REGARDS JOE

Answer:BOOTING HARD DRIVE

If you made a backup with Easeus, you must have Easus Todo backup program installed on the computer to View and Restore your files. Browse backup image in Windows Explorer - EaseUS Todo Backup Knowledge Base

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I am interested in installing Linux onto an external USB hard drive so I can run two different operating systems.  However, I have heard that the computer has to be USB bootable, and I don't know if my computer is "USB bootable" or not.  Does anyone know how I can find out?

Answer:Booting from USB hard drive

Yes find out which MBoard you have by DLoading and running Everest Home and check the MBoards website for specs...

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Question: Hard Drive Booting

I took someones hard drive to reformat is and install an operating system on it.
I did it on my machine and it works perfect. When he put it in his machine it would not boot. It would says "read error".

He has an older computer which has an unsplit IDE cable (no primary, slave). There are no jumpers to play around with.

Could this be the problem? Would a new IDE cable fix it or would you have to buy jumpers?

THANKS

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My computer yesterday was an XP machine with one hard drive. I wanted to test Windows 7 but I was afraid I would screw something up with my XP drive in the process. We'll call this Drive A.

Yesterday I bought a new hard drive, Drive B. I downloaded the Windows 7 ISO, got some drivers, and turned off my computer. I physically removed Drive A from the computer and put Drive B in. I started the computer and put the DVD in. Setup was fine, I had some trouble with getting the onboard NIC to work but I was able to overcome.

Now I needed to get back into my XP install to get some stuff done (play video games). I shut my computer down, pulled out Drive B, put Drive A back in and booted up. But I got a boot error message, and it looks like it's a Windows 7 Boot error message. How can this be if I removed the hard drive.

0xc000000e
The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

It's almost as if my computer is trying to boot to Windows 7 even though I removed the hard drive containing the operating system. How do I get into my XP system? The drive is fine, I connected it as a slave and I can access the files on there. I'm guess Windows 7 makes some kind of change on the motherboard that forces it to boot to 7?

Thanks for any help!

Answer:Booting to another hard drive

sounds in deed very strange, there is no way windows can write a boot loader in a bios-based machine.

are you really sure, that this was a win7 message? AFAIK this message is the same in XP, so it might be a misunderstanding.

Did you put the drive to the same connector? (e.g. sata1 or ata1) as before?

another thing came in my mind: was or is a memory stick connected to your machine?

If you have really a win7 message, there might be a rare chance, that the win installer had put something to the stick, what means your computer try to boot from this stick.

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The computer starts to boot from the hard drive, gets as far as the desktop, with no mouse and then stops. Sometimes it displays scandisk but just freezes. When trying to run scandisk from DOS it reports it cannot read the file allocation table. I have tried setting it as slave on another PC, which means I can get into one of the partitions, but when I try to access the second an error appears 'Incorrect Parameters' and properties shows it has 0 bytes capacity and 0 bytes used in RAW format. There is important data on the partition I cannot get into, does nay one know of a way to access it, or at least get the data from it? Thanks.

Answer:Hard drive not booting

Can you read the drive allocation letter (C: D: etc.) from DOS?

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I have cloned my original c drive(40gb) to a new e drive (160gb) and what i would like to do is boot from the second drive and format and use the c as extra space.....both drives are set to cable select per instructions, (2 ide drives). Any help?

Answer:Booting from a second hard drive....

Get rid of cable select. I don't know where you got those instructions from but it is not correct. Make the new E drive Master and the old C drive Slave and set the first IDE drive as the boot drive in the BIOS. Reboot and is should boot from the 160 gb drive only now it will be drive C: and the old drive will be E: providing the clone was done correctly and not just a copy.If you must use cable select, and I wouldn't recommend it, you need to swap the plugs around between the drives. That may involve swapping the drives in their respective bays as well to allow the cable to fit. A lot easier to just move a couple of jumpers.Stuart

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Question: Hard drive Booting

Hello,
Yesterday i added my mates hard drive in my PC via SATA, i then installed windows 7 on it for him.
So i had 2 hard drives with windows 7 on.
I then took out his hard drive and rebooted my PC, When i start to load, it says missing or corrupt files (It's looking for his hard drive) How do i make it look for mine instead of his?

It comes up with look a dual boot option saying
Windows 7
Windows 7, although the top one is corrupt as the hard drive isn't there.

Thankyou
Matt

Answer:Hard drive Booting

This is what you need to change it back to the win7 on your other drive... Download EasyBCD 2.1 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi everyone,

I've looked all over the internet to find a simple but working way to boot my PC from a USB Hard Drive.
My BIOS does support the boot option for a USB device.
This is what I did:
I took a new drive and formatted it, installe Windows XP REV 2 and but it in a USB box for booting purposes. When I start the cmputer up and have the BIOS set to boot from the USB drive it shows activity on the USB drive and show a 1/2 sec screenshot of the Windows XP booting screen the shuts down and boots from my C: drive (the normal boot drive).
Is there a program or a simple thing to do so it boots from the USB and continues to boot from this drive?

Any solutions are appreciated.

Thank you,
Craig

Answer:USB Hard Drive Booting

Yes!

I would Click re write the "boot.ini" file stored on "drive:\boot.ini" (it's a hidden system file so you will need to be able to, view those files) change the boot drive from c:\ to the DIR of your USB Drive. this should enable windows to boot off that drive?

if this doesn't help please tell us!

I know that this has worked for me as I have Server 2003 and Windows XP Pro Dual Booting on my Ipod for use on the school network

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im struggling with this old HP Vectra P90.....
ok the bios is fine with all the hardware incluing the replacment hard drive i put in
but as soon as i try to load win98 after the first bar gets to 100%
it ends in an e: prompt
with win95 set up it goes further. it has re pickels in the setup screen an as it restarts it brings up a windows was not properly shut down box....scans evenything...finds nothing think it ends with a: prompt
its like it really doesnt want tot boot to c:
although i know the hard drive is good....jumpers are fine....formats fine.....fdisks fine
this is driving me mad....im sure its some hardware problem......cant see anything in the manual that woul help.....dip switches on mobo dont effect it......changing ide sockets dont help
changing ribbon cables dont either
im pulling me hair out here
you can stop me from going bald
please please help
thanks
 

Answer:hard drive ont like booting

Have you tried to format c: with the /s switch? Then can you get a directory on C?
 

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Hi guys recently my PC has only been booting one of two hard drives in my PC the one that has my Windows on it and I'm not sure how to boot the other one I came across a boot menu and the second hard drive does show up but it tells me only to select one or something I'm not sure how to get back to this startup boot menu and boot both. When I go to ''My Computer'' it only shows one drive my C: drive but there should be my F: drive as well. Please help thank you
 

Answer:PC only booting one hard drive?

Technically, you boot only the Windows drive C: . But you should be able to see your other drive listed as well in File Explorer. Right click on This PC and choose Manage. Then click on Disk Management. See what happened to the F drive.
 

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Question: hard drive booting

I have a question, hopefully you can help me out. I have an older computer that I installed Windows 98 on. Well I had to replace the hard drive because of bad sectors. When I turned on my computer it did not complete the boot process, this is after replacing the drive and installing Windows 98 What do I need to do?

Answer:hard drive booting

First i would clear your CMOS, then install windows all over again. Just make sure your HDD is compatible with your board. Im sure this computer runs IDE drives. Check your jumpers too.

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I'm having a problem with a laptop that will not boot up.

Lenovo 3000 C100
Windows XP Home

After powering it it up it seems like it does not recognize that the hard drive is there so XP does not boot. No error message. It brings up a Boot Device menu screen with the options to boot from Floppy (does not have one), HardDisk (does not work), CD-ROM or PXE. Choosing HardDisk does not work.

In the BIOS screen the hard disk has the status: "Disable" and there does not seem to be a way to change that. In the BIOS boot sequence the hard disk appears as it should. I've tried reordering the sequence but it makes no difference.

So it may sounds like the hard drive is bad BUT, here is the big BUT...

...Using a freeware bootable CD ROM (BartPE) I am actually able to see all my data is still on the hard drive. I can navigate around the drive and things look fine. This is very encouraging but I can't figure out what to do next.

The laptop came preloaded with Win XP and did not come with installation/repair CDs so don't have one. The user manual explains how to run the recovery program off the hard drive by pressing the LenovoCare button during startup but this does not work (I would guess because the HD is not found).

I am wondering even if I decided to try to acquire disks to reinstall the OS if that would fix this problem. Or is it something else like the hardware or BIOS etc. Doesn't seem like hardware since I can see the hardrive with that bo... Read more

Answer:Not booting from hard drive

In the BIOS screen the hard disk has the status: "Disable" Click to expand...

are you in an information page - do you need to goto the advanced settings to change it
can you change to autodetect ?
 

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Hey all, iv been trying to figure out why my p.c doesn't want to boot up Win XP. I went through the bios which doesn't even detect the hard-drive (Serial ATA) at all.

I have totally run out of ideas...

Any help will be much appreciated.
 

Answer:Hard-drive not booting up XP

Was your hard-disk functioning properly ??
When did this happen ?
Are those wires well connected ?
 

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Anybody had problems with samsung sp0802n hdd int not booting up?.
am running xp sp2.screen says no signal.
 

Answer:hard drive not booting

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ok well I got a new SATA hard Drive that is 80 gigs. so now I have 2 Hard Drives. A 200 and 80 gb. 200 is IDE. I have Windows 7 and XP on the 200 and I just put windows 7 on the new 80. My problem is that inorder to boot windows 7 on the 80 is to boot from the 200 which brings me to the boot manager and it is showing 2 windows 7's and 1 XP. I am wanting to just boot off of the 80gb Hard Drive. Can any one show me how to do that. Please thank you.

Answer:Help with Booting Hard Drive

When installing 7 on the 80 you forgot to unplug the 200gb sata already set as the default boot device for the XP/7 dual boot seen there. The previous installations were added into the second 7 install's own boot loader as options. oops!

The boot files and mbr entries went onto the 200gb instead of the smaller drive being sata since ide default over sata every time. In order to see the 80gb sata bootable you will now have to first unplug the larger ide drive and rebuild the BCD for 7 along with seeing mbr entries placed there.

The quick solution? Unplug the 200gb ide and install 7 onto the 80gb sata fresh. Hopefully you haven't added everything else on quite yet. Then replug the 200gb ide back in where you can use the F1, F8, F12, or other assigned F key to bring up the boot device menu when you want to boot from the 200gb while having the 80gb sata set in the bios boot order as the default.

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OK, ive heard this is possible with a certain free utility, opensource maybe...but i fail to find it. From what I know it reads iso files but im not sure. Please post any programs you know of that do this with links, plsthnx

Answer:Booting a cd off of a hard drive...

Hi Grao....

Alcohol 120% is my virtual drive software of choice but other programs such as Nero and Daemon Tools can do this too :)

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Please help Windows 7 crash
If someone could please try and help me fix this or just start over.

Ok I have a emachine e725 running windows 7 32bit and a acer running on windows vista. My emachine recently crashed in the blue screen and I tried to complete a system restore. I was able to get through the advanced boot menu and use the repair your computer option to restore windows. During the windows setup process I got another blue screen and the computer restarting. It then started the process over and once it got to the step that says windows is preparing setup, it gives an error msg saying something along the lines of windows was interupted and needs to restart to complete installation, and it has an option to press ok. This cycle continues and I can not open in safe mode because it says "windows can not complete the installation in safemode. Also the option to repair your computer in the advanced menu options is no longer available. So after wrestling with windows starting up I decided to create a back up and restore disc on my acer for my windows 7 computer. I tried putting it on a disc but it would not boot. So I tried creating a installation disc of windows 7 and tried booting from the cdrom drive. Once I did that I got a error msg saying "device driver not found: MSCD001 No valid cdrom device drivers selected. It then gives me the A:\>. Im not sure if I created the disc wrong since I cant unzip the entire file I downloaded with needing an encryption pas... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 not booting from cd or hard drive

When Win7 will not start, you want to run Startup Repair from the Repair My Computer console if available on F8 Advanced Boot Tools menu, or by booting the Win7 Repair CD:
System Repair Disc - Create
Startup Repair

In your case, you ran full Factory Recovery which has now stalled. If you are still under one-year Tech Support warranty I would call eMachine to have them help you. If not, do you have the Recovery Disks which should have been made off the Recovery Partition when you first got your computer? You would normally use these to boot and start the Recovery again. You may need to order the disks from eMachine tech support.

The error you are getting while in Safe Mode means you may be able to follow the "Now for Safe Mode" steps at the end of this tutorial to access Device Manager to uninstall any Device which is showing in error - this device is probably the one causing the blue screen, and by uninstalling it you may be allowed to complete installation then update the driver correctly from the desktop. Device Manager - Access During Windows 7 Installation

If you can find a Win7 installation DVD for your version you can also wipe your HD to clean reinstall with the Product Key on your COA sticker. This is a much cleaner install allowing better Win7 performance without the factory bloatware and useless factory utilities which have much better versions built into Win7: Reinstalling Windows 7

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I just got done building my first computer! (12 gb ddr3 ram, i7 950, WD 1T HDD, 128gb SSD sata 3, radeon HD 6950) and I'm trying to figure out which drive windows 7 is booting from?

Answer:which hard drive is windows booting from?

disk 1, however the boot partition is on disk 0, this is done for hardware reasons, as some systems will not see the bootmgr unless it's located on disk 0. This is a physical identification based on where the disk is plugged into the motherboard.

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I have an external hard drive connected to my PC via hard drive dock on USB 3.0 port. Whenever I turn my PC on with the hard drive connected, my PC won't boot up because it is trying to boot up from the external hd where I have an image of both my Win 7 & Win 8 OS. How can I stop my PC from booting up from the external hd? Thanks.

Answer:Win 8 booting up from external hard drive

Change the boot order in bios to set your internal HD first.

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I just put a WD 80g HD into my system as a back up drive and everything went great when I booted it up (old drive set to master new drive to slave and both detected just fine). I then went into Windows XP's Disk Management feature to format my new drive and that went fine until the foramtting reached 99% and came back with an error message (sorry I didn't record it). Assuming it was just another bit of bad luck with Windows, I decided to reboot and try again.

The computer, however, would not boot and when I put in the XP system disk and tried to select 'repair' (and 'install' later), it came back with a message telling me that no drives were detected. I've muddled with all the wires (made sure that power was coming through them etc) for a few hours now and even replaced my ribbon cable without effect.

Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do to get the system to recognize the drives? Do I need to clear the CMOS? If so, what does that entail after the jumpers have been set? I'm something of a novice so please don't be shy to dumb it down.

Thanks to all in advance.
 

Answer:Hard drive(s) not recognized when booting

check the jumpers on both drives,you may need to change the jumper setting on the original drive if it was the only one in there before adding the new one
look for master with slave
opposed to single master
 

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