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XP Won't Boot After Installing Win 7 Pro On Another Hard Disk

Question: XP Won't Boot After Installing Win 7 Pro On Another Hard Disk

Asking for help on my FIRST post... the epitome of lame. Sorry...
It's unlikely I'll resolve this one flying solo.
I pulled my Win XP SP2 drive that was working perfectly on an HP Pavilion Pentium 4 HT 2.80GHz PC w/4MB RAM; as I wanted to attempt running Windows 7 Pro on it. The motherboard is an ASUS Tek. I knew this would be a real stretch to get it going without it being constantly active from the system demand alone, but I wanted to give it a go. I concluded if it didn't pan out, I'd fall back to the Win XP drive and all would be good.
That didn't happen.
From the point where I unplugged the Windows 7 Pro drive and plugged in the Windows XP drive, that's where it REALLY went downhill. The immediate error upon failure to boot was: "NTLDR is missing". After making a boot CD-R from a backup image I had of an NT Loader image file, the next error I received was that the 'hal.dll' file was either missing or corrupt from the root\system32\ directory.
This is currently where I stand since I can see where this is headed. I'm speculating this may be the result of a flashed BIOS when I installed Windows 7 Pro on the other hard disk; however, I do NOT know this for certain. The current version of the BIOS is from American Megatrends v3.14 09/04/2003. I do not know what the date and version was before checking it today.
Is there anyone that may have some insight to this issue? I have a Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro installation disk if I should need it to copy files; but I CANNOT OVERWRITE this drive. I simply don't see files becoming corrupted or missing on a perfectly functioning hard disk and OS, so something else is obviously at play here. The only thing I could think of was a change to the BIOS during the Windows 7 Pro install on the other drive.
. . FalconEddy

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Answer: XP Won't Boot After Installing Win 7 Pro On Another Hard Disk

put the windows xp drive back in,
boot your computer from the windows xp install disk,
when the menu appears select to install windows xp.
on the next menu screen select "repair" to repair your windows installation

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Hi everyone.

I have an HP Pavillion m9500y with Vista 64bit. I got the hard drive failure imminent message, so I backed up my data, installed a new drive, ran disk clone through the bootable media disk I created with Acronis True Image 2012. The clone said it was successful.

I looked at the new drive through the True Image backup files to see if it cloned ok and it looks fine. The partitions are there and all the data seems to be there.

So, I disconnected my old drive (Seagate Barracuda 750gb) and have the new drive(Seagate Barracuda 3tb) in the primary position. Now it says "boot failure..please insert system disk." I ran the short self-test through bios and it passed.

I, then, tried using the HP recovery disks and it says "Non-system disk or disk error." They aren't faulty because I used them to recover my old drive before cloning and it worked properly.

This is the very short story of what I have been doing for the past few days and I am at a loss now. No clue what to do next.

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Answer:Boot disk failure after installing new hard drive

Reboot or turn on the machine. As soon as you see your machine's name logo splash screen keep tapping F8. Go to "Advanced Options" or "Repair Computer" Select your language then "Repair Your Computer" An installation of Windows should be detected after that select "Next"

If that does not fix the issue. Do the same as before go to Next again go to command prompt type in



If that does not also fix the issue follow the same steps as above except go to command prompt and type in then hit enter after each one.

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

Answer:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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Answer:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...


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Windows XP sp2 wont boot from hard disk.

After much to do turns out my computer doesnt recognise the hard disk.

I have a seagate 500Gb SATA hard drive, its about a year old, the computer doesnt get hot in the slightest and it shouldnt be dead. I checked the wiring, as far as i can see, its all fine.

only conclusion i come to is that my hard disk is kaput which it shouldnt be. Can anyone give me any other possible solutions to try out before i cry and/or spend money on a new one? theres a lot of data on it i dont want to lose.

If not, ill plug it in to another computer to check, i havent done that yet because it will take me hours - i can only unscrew the hard drive from one side without rearranging the room.


Answer:Hard disk boot failure -> computer won't recognise hard disk

Is your Seagate the 7200.11 series?

We've been seeing a lot of harddrive issues layely that has nothing to do with the drive itself but bad SATA cables aas the cause. Do you have another one you can switch out?

When you say the computer doesn't recognize it we're talking the BIOS here, correct?

Another suggestion is what you have already suggested but I would "slave" it in antother system and see if you can access it that way.

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my hp dv6443 laptop harddrive was erased by killdisk to get rid of scripts or whatever was causing the sluggish performance. The windows version was Vista home. When trying to reboot from the original disk recovery cd to get the maching working again, the err2err3 displayed at start up. I have read about creating a bootable cd with partition recovery, but have been unable to figure out how to create one. I can drop the free partition builder programs onto a cd, but I don't know how to make it "bootable". But I may be going down the wrong path. Any ideas? Is this problem fixable, or should I just throw the computer away. Thanks!

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

Answer:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

Answer:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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I bought a f500 series Compaq laptop... ok, It's originally with VISTA but the previous owner installed Windows 7 Ultimate in it. Runs ok and everything but I want my lappy to be in its original state. OK... here's the problem I spent HOURS and hours trying to solve without success...
I can't boot my Laptop from USB, CD-ROM, USB FLASH DRIVE nor External disk drive. I checked BIOS. I set the boot order like I'm supposed to, DISK > USB > HDD. Nothing happens.
I hit f10 for BIOS setup... or ESC for Boot order and I only see Hard Drive as boot option. No CD, USB... I tried to "repair computer" (F8) and I get no repair option, only restore option with restore points.
I have use Partition manager to check partitions. I am unable to install RECOVERY MANAGER. I get missing "HardDisk.dll" or when I install hdd.dll, I get error code that Recovery Manager is unable to run.
I have recovery Disks for both VISTA X 64 and WIN 7 X 64 and both are no use since I can't access those.

I tried to upgrade my BIOS F1.71 >>> Running the BIOS upgrade software I got from HP official site... I get to the point where the Software tells me it is creating a FLASH BIOS and I get immediately the blue screen with "memory dump" message. This happens every time I try to upgrade.

I'm not too knowledgeable in computers but I can troubleshoot easily with good instructions... I've tried everything and I come across with a problem after a problem. It's so frustrat... Read more

Answer:Unable to boot my laptop from DISK, USB, ANYTHING but Hard [email protected]#%

There has to be a setting in the BIOS that is stopping you from booting from the USB or CD/DVD drive. That is IF those to thing actually work.

Have you checked to see if the USB and CD/DVD drive work?

As to the memory dump when trying to update the BIOS. You are doing this from inside Windows? I would suspect that because of the memory dump error.

99% of the time the computer/OS BSODs from memory errors. Memory errors come from bad memory.
If the notebook has 2 sticks of memory remove one of them then try the BIOS update. If it still BSODs put that stick back in and remove the other.
If it still BSODs then try it from a Safe Mode boot or from a Command line boot.

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Hi there!. I was wandering if anyone could help me out. I am running XP pro and although i recently updated with SP2 the PC appeared to be ok. Now when i try to boot up i get DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. If i put my operating disk in it loads the various files and proceeds to windows setup if i chose to set up windows XP now ie re -install the whole system it goes to the licence agreement then to the windows xp professional setup offering options either to set up windows on the selected item or create a partition or delete the partition . Most imporantly in the box below it states 57240 mb disk o at Id on bus 0 on atapi and underneath <setup cannot access this disk> which is worrying. In the bios it appears to be able to detect the fact that there is a hard disk drive available. If i do press enter at this stage a darker blue screen appears stating that a problem has been detected and that windown has shut down to prevent damage. It then goes on to suggest things that are not possible ie boot into safe mode ofr update or disable drivers it gives the following technical information which for me as a beginner is as much use as a wooden eye. It say ***STOP: 0XOOOOOOO8e (OXCOOOOOO5,OXF99C6CFD, OXF95 A5800, 0X00000000)
*** Setupdd.sys- adrress F999C6FD base at f999d000, datestamp 3d6dd67f
whatever that means
If there is anyone who can help i would appreciate it. I assume the hard drive is ok and the connections are too.

Answer:Disk boot failure and the missing hard disk

Moved to Windows. This is not a business applications issue. Good luck!

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Hi everybody
Recently i had to repair Southbridge on my laptop by a technician but after that, My laptop is unable to boot from nothing but HDD. despite changing all available settings on mobo(enabling boot from CD/DVD,USB HDD and etc) seems that none of them are being enabled.Is there any possible solution?
My Laptop Specs are as follows
Acer Spire 5738G
OS: Win7 professional 64bit
Memory: two 4GB modules
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 Graphics
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo T6600 (2.2GHz, 800 MHz FSB)

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 used to boot windows and i can work comfortably the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not shows like
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem

Answer:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..

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My hard drive died- I bought a new one. Installed it, "recognized" \partioned it with fdisk (40gig broken into a 4gig Primary DOS partition/ a 36gig Extended DOS partition with 5 Logical DOS drives) This working on the principle that no partition could be more than 8.4 gig in size. Formatted with from a FAT32EBD.EXE boot disk with the C: /S in the active partition.Everything looked really flash. Removed the boot disk and reset-up came the C: prompt. Attempted several ways of running Window setup to find the following information: The recommended action was to exit setup as an operating system already existed. File compression was active and setup could not proceed as an operating system already existed.
Attempted to boot from the CD drive and was informed that this was an invalid drive directory despite it being listed in the CMOS as this letter drive.Both the hard drive and the CD will spin. Any ideas on where to go from here?

Answer:installing a hard disk

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Hi.  I have an XP machine, which has a very old noisy 20gb HDD.  I have bought a new faster 250gb drive.  I have installed the new drive as the secondary master then booted up on my old drive.  First I formatted the new drive as a dynamic disk 'simple' type.  I shut down and using a bootable floppy downloaded from I copied the old drive onto the new one using this utility (clone maxx.)  Then I disconnected the old drive and set the new one to be the primary master.  I booted up fine on the new drive, but the clone maxx Ive used seems to be also copying over the old partition information.  I now have a 20gb partition at the start of my new drive and then the rest is showing as unused.  I could create a new partition there, but I'd rather have one big partition.Second I tried again with formatting the new disk as a basic disk with one big partition.  I repeated the whole process of booting from floppy and swapping the drives over, but the same thing has happened again. What I would like to know is how to copy the old drive onto the new one but end up with one big partition filling the whole disk?Any help much apprecitedChris

Answer:installing a new hard disk

im no expert at data recovery or harddrive partitioning but i do not believe it is possible to clone your old HD without partitioning your new HD.

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Ok guys installing a new hard disk wot do i do?? I currently have a 250GB and would like another one. I want to keep my programs and OS on one and all my media on there other, is this possible? Are there different configarations I can have them in and wot are the pors and cons.Thanking you all in advance.

Answer:Installing new hard disk

Its not difficult to attach another hard drive, and just copy and paste your media over.Pros:More space on original HD.Is likely to load the media quicker to open if your other hard drie was quite full or slow.Cons:Might make your case more cramped.Costs money to buy the new hd. That's kinda in simple terms.

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i have the iso of win7 7100
i want to format c then install 7.

i currently have vista 32 bit.
through harddisk:
can i mount the image from vista and then start the setup from vista and then format c: (vista) and install windows 7? or will i have to use a usb disk?

through usb:
secondly how can i clean install win7 64 bit through usb if i have vista 32 bit?


Answer:installing from hard disk

Main way of installing if you have an older version of windows would be to burn the iso to dvd then boot from that. Delete the vista partitions and create a new one. Then install windows 7.

There is also a tutorial on installing windows 7 from a usb drive:

usb install: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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I am installing a new hard disk on my notebook to increase capacity. I want to copy all the software on to the new disk from the old disk. I have come across the following files on the old disk, I am not sure if should copy them as well?Pagefile.sys Save2dsk.bin Hiberfil.sys , System volume Information

Answer:Installing new hard disk

How you going to do it???? only way that I know is buy Drive Image and an External USB CDRW and make a Image of the C:\ Drive install the new drive then restore the Image file to new Drive

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I have decided that i wish to upgrade my IBM thinkpad's hard drive. It is currently 10Gb and i wish to install a 40GB HDD. I want it to be internal and have the contents of the old hard drive on it. How could i copy the old HDD's content to the new 40Gb HDD? any help would be much apreciated.

Answer:Installing a new Hard Disk

Unfortunately most laptops do not allow two drives to be connected at the same time unless one of them is an external drive via USB or firewire.You can buy an adaptor cable to allow a laptop battery to be coupled to a dektop would have to clone the whole harddrive to a partion on the desktop then attatch the new drive and clone the partion back to the new drive.

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Hi-my hard disk died and I'm installing new one. I have an xp pro disk (slipstreamed) that I got with my computer on ebay. I have the key. Will there be any problem in just booting from the windows cd when I put in my new drive? In other words, do you forsee any problems because it is not an "official" xp disc? It has been validated when doing automatic updates, so I think it might work. Thanks.

Answer:I would appreciate help with installing xp on new hard disk.

Shouldnt be a problem.

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hello, friends i have PC withwindows 7 homeIntel dual core 2.0 GHz processor2 GB ddr2 -- ram nvidia 8400 512mb-- graphic card160 GB SATA  --hard diski want to install new 500 GB of hard drive ...will this cause my system to run slow sorry for poor english..

Answer:installing new hard disk.. will not.

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So, I had two ISO files, and I extracted them. Now, I want to install the program, but when it reaches the second CD it asks for me to insert it. How can I install without burning to a CD?

Answer:Installing from hard disk.

Mount the CD. Use Daemon Tools or Alcohol 120&#37; and mount the ISO. Will nto require you to burn it then.

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It's a pretty simple problem, actually. I'm trying to install XP on my sister's hard disk which needs a clean install. However my computer's hard disk is SATA... so I tried this. Unplugged my current hard disk from the SATA and plugged my sister's on the IDE cable.

But... when I try and boot from CD (or, rather, DVD), my BIOS can't see the IDE hard disk nor my DVD drive. It oly sees my Ethernet Controller, Floppy and Removable Media. It's weird because I can hear them - both the hard disk and the DVD in the drive are turning...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Installing XP on a IDE hard disk, off a DVD?

Hi rovelius, I believe you have to make a change in teh BIOS to set it to boot from another HDD.

However, this may not matter because if you are planning on installing it in your box then swapping the HDD out to your sisters box, i dont think that will work [i may be wrong though, perhaps somone else could give an opinion?] as windows will set itself up for your hardware.

Why dont you just do the install on her HDD while it is in her PC? [if you dont mind me asking ]


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How do you install Win2K from the hard disk instead of CD ROM?

Answer:Installing W2K Pro from hard disk

duh, sorry, wrong os got xp on the brain lately

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Basically, my windows xp malfunctioned today when i got home from school. I started it up normally and the login screen froze and hanged. I rebooted and a blue screen appeared listing an error. After searching I saw that the error had to do with boot volumes.  After managing to get my computer to boot from a cd i decided to use the windows vista cd i had. I formatted my hard drive and tried to use it to install. An error came up saying Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. After reading more I used diskpart to clean my hard disk. It changed the hard disk to Unallocated Space. I tried to create a new partition and it wouldnt create it. Right now I'm doing the diskpart clean all (which i  heard takes awhile).  This all happened after I installed Panda Global Protection 2009. I read something about partition tables being destroyed and I needed a manufacture cd. Is this the case or is there another solution.

Answer:OS Installing and Hard Disk Problems

You need to boot to the Vista CD to manage partitions and then install the OS - you cannot start the process from within Windows. Is that what you are doing (it doesn't sound like it).

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i dont have dvd rom drive and i am using xp (c drive ) and i want to install windows vista on my d drive so, could i install vista from my hardisk (without using dvd rom drive) running xp ????? i am in confusion right now so plz tell me.............

and also tell me any website where i purchase intel core 2 duo processor E4300 and E4400 online at thier origianal or near price.. but that website must ships the product to india.........

Answer:Installing vista from Hard disk ?????

How are you going to copy the Vista installation files to your HDD when you don't have a DVD drive?


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Hi all - I have a nice 1U that someone built for me that runs perfectly with the following components:

- Tyan Thunder H2000M [S3992G3NR] motherboard
- Two Dual AMD Opteron 64bit processors
- Windows Server 2003 OS

Now, I'm trying to add a second hard disk to one of the 3 open HD, SATA ready bays on this unit and running into problems. I've installed a Samsung HD501LJ 500GB SATA-II HD into one of the bays on the 1U and now when I try to start up the computer it completely shuts down hard. Any thoughts on how to fix and get the second HD working?


Answer:problem installing 2nd hard disk

One thing I see right off is that board supports sata1. Have you used the speed limit jumper on the drive?

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I'm currently using win 7 ult 32bit.
Is it possible to install another win7 64bit copy on the same hard disk but on a different partition? will there be a dual boot option?
Or is it possible to upgrade without losing all the settings?
Thanks a lot

Answer:Installing both 32bit and 64 bit on same hard disk?

Yes you can dual boot them.
More detailed information:
Can I dual boot 32bit and 64bit Windows 7, and if I can how?


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I have win7 on my PC. I also have an external hard disk. I was wondering, can i install windows XP on my external hard disk ( which is partitioned) and expect to be able to use it, on whatever computer i plug it to?

Also, will this effect my computers speed? Since its installed on my external hard disk and not on the computers one?

Answer:Installing XP on an external hard disk?

Can it be done yes, will it work as you want it to, short answer no. Why? Because Windows XP will discover that new hardware has been installed and require you to re-activate it when you move it from machine to machine. Plus you will need to modify the way the machine boots so you can pick an OS or try to get the machine to boot USB first always. If boot USB first is on then when the drive is plugged in you will get Windows XP and when it is unplugged you get Windows 7. Another point; this would be considered illegal use of the OS by Microsoft.

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I recently had an additional hard disk installed on my computer as the first was was becoming rather full. I would like to put my desktop publishing programme on it. Can I delete it from the C drive (saving the projects) then install it on the F drive if I create a file F:\Program Files?

Answer:Installing Programs on Second Hard Disk

In a word - Yes. I have many programs on a second external hard drive.

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I have taken delivery yesterday of a 320 GB IDE Hard Drive, replacement hard disk for a NEC Powermate VL5 Desktop PC and 2GB Ram as there was only 512MB.  I will list the specs below of the relevant bits.  The old hard drive wasnt very big and it crashed recently so we have bought a one large enough for what they need it for - mainly surfing the WWW and homework.I created three back up disks when we bought the NEC and have used them a number of times in the past with no problems but with this new disk I am having problerms. as the replacement disk is an empty disk I used fdisk to create an active partition and format the drive which worked absolutely fine but when I tried to use the restore disks to recreate the PC back to factory state this wouldnt work and I get the following message - Error while running glue part : 1- Press any key to continue... and when i press any key it says : Error 5 in a box, glue parts error Exit from OEMSETUP. d:\> The three disks that I created when I first bought the PC which are the main restore disks that contain XP Pro and all the programs, as this PC came without an XP disk.  The disks are being read fine and the disk checking utility within them confirmed that the disks are in good order.  I have a few choices within the menu for the NEC disk - full system restore to factory state or just install the windows software & Drivers as well as some other utility options such as formating the drive and Fdisk.  None ... Read more

Answer:problems with installing new hard disk

OK here are the specific details for all the hardware - I cant edit the first postNECS/N 3030 8404 0000PID 0423789Model / Type Ref ZEB - QUAMS WHQL No QU2 875134P/N Powermate - VL5MIM P72K340 - 1000A01SEAGATE HDSeagate Barracuda 7200.10 320 GBytesS/N 9QFAFLYLST3320620AP/N 9BJ04G - 307Firmware 3.AAFData Code 08387Site Code TKLet me know if there is any other info you need.thanks in advance

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If this has been asked before, please point me to the relevant thread. A friend of mine recently bought a hard disk 8TB and he did not manage to install it correctly. Unfortunately I live far from him and I will have the chance to visit him at weekend. Before that, I would like to ask, can such a disk be installed in any modern system? He has an MSI s1151 chipset Z270 motherboard, so I guess there is no compatibility issues. Is there any setting he should do in BIOS/UEFI firmware for such large disk? What about the power requirements? He has a modular 850W PSU, so again I guess he should be OK, as long as he connects the power cable to the correct socket on the PSU. I saw his desktop with TeamViewer and the disk is reported as unknown disk in Device Manager and as 0 capacity in Disk Management. I'm sure he did something wrong with the cables, but I cannot tell until I visit him. Anything else I should know? Yes, I know that I have to initialize it as GPT in order to make a single 8TB partition. Anything more?
Thank you in advance!

Answer:Installing a large hard disk

It seems this may not be straight forward other post have reported the disks won't work on some systems as they can't handle above 4 TB.

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Hi folks,

I have scoured Google, and this is a common problem with SATA drives.
There is an easy fix to simply change Bios to IDE, then install XP and change back after.

Problem is....the ACPI Bios V1.5 does not have any options to make that change, nor to change to Compatibilty Mode (which also fixes the problem.....apparently.

I have downloaded ACPI BIOS V2, but the catch is it won't work from DOS - only Windows.
So I'm stuck in a no-win loop!!!

Without Windows, I can't change the BIOS- without the BIOS change - no hard drive seen.....<sigh>

Anyone know of a DOS version? Or some other way???
Before I go completely crazy???

Oh, have tried also installing Win98, even Win 95 to then upgrade - but nothing works.
Except Ubuntu - but I sadly need Windows to be compatible with my Desktop machine.

Thanking you......

Answer:Tecra M9 - no hard disk when installing XP


From my experience you cannot use compatibility mode, install WXP and switch again to AHCI mode.
F you want to have full HDD performance you should not use compatibility mode. What you must do is to load SATA driver before WXP installation starts. More about that you can read on

Check it out.

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At my other house i have a computer based on windows vista which is packed with problems even after a lot of virus scans and trojan scans etc...

I want to wipe the hard disk clean and start over with a new copy of windows vista but they didnt give me a cd with windows vista, it was alredy build in.

Is it safe to just delete vista and install windows xp?

If in doing this will my internet connection be worse? It is full speed internet and iv heard rumers that windows vista helps internet but is a bad opperating system.

Answer:Installing new os and cleaning hard disk

What type of PC do you have? There should normally be a recovery partition where you can restore your Vista installation. You can install XP, just make sure you note all the device drivers you'll need to make it easier. It shouldn't affect your internet speed at all.

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I am trying to install a new hard disk in my sons computer. disk is formatted 2.1 GB however when i try to load win 98 d:drive (cd rom) not recognised any help would be appreciated.Paul Keogh

Answer:installing windows 98 on new hard disk

Are you booting from the cd or a bootable floppy disk?c.b.

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I have a mixture of IDE and SATA drives on my computer. (ASUS A8V De luxe, AMD64 3500+, 2 x 120GB IDE drives + 200GB SATA drive). I want to instal XP Pro on the SATA drive and use the other 2 for backup & video/digital photo storage.When I put the XP Pro disk in the drive, it only looks at the IDE drives, and does not even list the option of installing to the SATA drive. It must be possible, as I know some manufacturers are now only using SATA drives. Anyone know how to do it?

Answer:Installing XP Pro on SATA hard disk

Initialise the disc first with the SATA disc.

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I bought a Seagate Baracuda 4 TB and i tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to the new drive because is much faster than my older one and a message saying 'You cannot install Windows on this drive because this drive is GPT'. I reformat the drive in MBR withing Windows instaler and it slices my hard disk to 2TB and 1.600 TB partitions. When i try to enable the 1.600 partition in Windows Management is grey out and is not letting me format it and make it work. What to do to have and can use all space and install Windows and even better in GPT one partition drive? My motherboard is Intel DG31PR model.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 64-bit on 4TB hard disk

Quote: Originally Posted by Marios


I bought a Seagate Baracuda 4 TB and i tried to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to the new drive because is much faster than my older one and a message saying 'You cannot install Windows on this drive because this drive is GPT'. I reformat the drive in MBR withing Windows instaler and it slices my hard disk to 2TB and 1.600 TB partitions. When i try to enable the 1.600 partition in Windows Management is grey out and is not letting me format it and make it work. What to do to have and can use all space and install Windows and even better in GPT one partition drive? My motherboard is Intel DG31PR model.

Hi there
Limitation with MBR is that the MAXIMUM partition size is 2.2 TB (max). Windows won't see a disk bigger than 2.2 TB. The rest of the disk will not be useable !!!!.

You SHOULD be able to install windows 7 on a GPT drive (at least the X-64 version) PROVIDED YOU ENABLE UEFI in the Bios. No UEFI no boot from GPT drive I'm afraid so END OF there.

I'd go out and get an SSD --they are cheap enough now and install your windows and programs on that and now enjoy your FULL 4TB drive too. A 120 GB SSD is actually reasonably cheap now.

Otherwise get a cheapish small HDD and install the OS on that - but seriously an SSD is so much better that once you've used one you'll never want to be without one again.

(If your computer HAS UEFI then you'll be OK provided you enable it in the BIOS... Read more

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I want support to install windows 7 into my laptop. My laptop hard disk is new one. Old one has problem. So hp engineer replaced it.

Answer:Need help for installing windows 7 to my new hard disk

Hi,Did you buy new retail Windows 7 activation key from Microsoft? You can download Windows 7 ISO and make bootable USB using this: this: install instructions: secure boot and Enable legacy from BIOS, to boot from installation USB media: in USB in USB 2 port to boot from it.Download additional drivers from here:

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A few weeks ago, I downloaded the Media Creation Tool and created a Windows 10 Recovery disk and used it to do
a clean install of my W10 upgraded installation on my desktop. It went well.

Now I find I would like to put W10 on my Win 7 Acer laptop and plan to remove the existing hdd and replace it with a new one on which I will install W10. Can I use the existing W10 Recovery disk to do that installation? Assuming I can, will I run into an activation problem because I don't have a product key? If so, how do I get a product key?

Thank you.

Answer:Installing Windows 10 to a new Hard Disk.

Being a different PC by rights you need to buy windows 10 to get a key and for it to activate

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I'm trying to install win xp home edition service pack 2 on a dell dimension 4400. The install says it can't detect a hard disk.
What should I do?

Answer:hard disk not detected when installing os

Is the hard drive partitioned and formatted or not?

Is the OS the recovery disk from Dell or an OEM/retail disk from MS? I trust this is XP Home with SP2 and not a disk of SP2 (without the OS)?

Who made the drive? Did it come with the PC? IDE?

It should be relatively simple to diagnose. Be sure the error message you are conveying to us is exact!

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I want to install a 2nd hard disk in my Laptop (my lappie has 2 hard disk bays) so I've started to do some research but I'm a little bit confused about what type I need to purchase. The one that came installed with my laptop is an Hitachi Travelstar 5K250 (250GB) but from looking at the Hitachi website there are several different versions of this model. The version number of the one that came with my laptop is an Hitachi HTS542525K9SA00.

I really want to install a 500GB drive in the 2nd bay but although I know the disk I need is a SATA I'm not to sure if the connections in the HDD bay are of a standard type. I've looked at all the specs on the Toshiba website regarding my laptop but they don't give me that much info.

When looking at the A300 manual the 2nd hard disk bay is not even mentioned and the Toshiba website only lists external hard disk options which I find a little bit confusing considering that my lappie has 2 internal hard disk bays!

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Satellite 300-1BZ - Installing 2nd Hard Disk


Usually you would need an 2.5? SATA HDD.
The connectors should be the same.

I saw you other thread regarding the second HDD slot and it seems your notebook supports such connector. So if such controller is available, it must be a SATA controller.


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I did a clean install of Windows 7 on my father's PC. Before we had Vista working on it fine.

Problem is that after reinstalling Windows when I opened My Computer now, I cann't see Disk 1 partitions.

Please help me locate it. Thanks.
Attached is the pic of Disk Management windows when before I installed new OS.

Answer:One hard disk not detected after re-installing Win

right click on the partitions and set them as active

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I have a copy of windows XP on my hard disk.
D:\XPCD\ and I also have it as an image file. D:\XPCD.iso

I would like to know, if itís possible to install windows XP on C:\ without having to burn a CD and boot from it. Basically, if itís possible to boot from dos or something, and run windows xp setup, from the image, or the XPCD folder.

Thank you.

Answer:Installing Windows XP from hard disk

This is for use if the machine can't *boot* from CD, but it might work for you as well.;en-us;310994

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Only when plugged in and running, the lapop shuts down.  On reboot, Boot Disk Not Found  Hard Disk (3F0) Never happens on battery only. Today, I Performed a hard reset and Restored BIOS default settings.   Tested the hard drive using HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI. Also ran HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI on power supply, system board, and memory.  No problems found.   Happened again tonight. Heat? 

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I have recently had a problem with my windows 98 and so I have put a boot disk in and now it comes up with this message:
Write behind all data will be committed before command data prompt returns.

For help type "smartdrv /?"

Copyright stuff


Answer:Boot disk installing

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I found a computer that was put away because of a 0x00000024 issue. I figured I'd just bomb the hard drives, re-install the OS, and have a new computer for personal use. However, for some reason, regardless as to if the BIOS is set to boot from the CD Drive first, it will tell me the drive is not found, I hit f12 and tried to boot it from there but it gives me the same problem. I know these drives work fine, but to be sure, I manually installed a new disc drive, and still get the same problem. I've literally worked on this for days and still can't find a solution. The computer I'm using is a Dell XPS 4700 Series. Thank you very much in advance to whoever gives me a solution. I'm completely clueless.


Answer:Re-Installing XP but can't boot from a disk.

since it's a dell, try to do a system recovery and see if the dell recovery partition is still intact. if it is that's the easiest way:

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Is it possible to use the Windows XP SP1 boot disk on a computer that has SP2 installed?

My computer has had three serious errors in a 24 hour period. I want to completely reinstall the Windows OS on the computer. However, I have a FAT32 D drive which has the factory standard reinstall partition. I don't want to use this because of all the preloaded junk. I do have an official copy of Windows XP SP1, and my computer supports boot disk on start-up. So I'm wondering if it's possible to just reinstall Windows with that disk and update to SP2. Both are home editions, and I also have the keys for the disk and the partition.

Also I want a fresh copy of Windows because I plan on installing Linux.

Here are my specifications:
Compaq Presario
Windows XP Service Pack 2 Home Edition.
Intel Celeron CPU 2.80 GHz
1.24 GB RAM
71.4 GB ROM

Thanks for reading!

Answer:Installing SP1 over SP2 using boot disk

This may answer your question

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I have a Dell XPS410 desktop that got a virus. I was having trouble cleaning it, and I'd been planning to put in a new hard drive anyway, so I got a new Seagate 3500320AS (500 gig, SATA).

I took out the old (infected) drive and put in the new drive, but it kept freezing during Windows XP installation using the Dell reinstall disks (Windows XP Home, SP 2).

Not being sure what was going on, and worried about the virus, I had a friend (on a different system) partition the drive and install XP Professional SP2, which he did without problems.

Putting the drive back into the Dell, it started to boot, but never finished. It would either hang or take me back to setup.

Here's what I tried and results:

* Found new BIOS for the XPS on the dell site, flashed the BIOS (no effect).
* Took out memory boards (4) one at a time and rebooted to see if one of them was bad
* Changed the SATA Controller from the DELL default of "RAID ON" to "RAID AUTODETECT / ATA." With this change the system boots, but hangs during operation (anywhere from 1 minute to 30 minutes or more into a session).
* Tried to reinstall Windows, but the seagate instructions say to hit F6 to load drivers. WHen I do that, the Dell installer will only look to drive A (my floppy) for drivers. I cannot find anywhere to download or extract driver files to put them on a 3.5 floppy.

I'm stuck, and frustrated, so I welcome ideas how to get this system back up.

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Hi All,

I am going to install second OS linux on the single hard disk. The single hard disk is abt 80GB which is partioned into 4 logical drives each 20 GB. ie., C:,E:,F:,G:,. I have converted F: and G: into linux ext2 by using parition magic tool. Then i tryed to reboot the machine from the cd i dont start from CD it went straight into windows. I am missing some of the steps to perform here. Kindly suggestion me to steps.. Thanks in advance

With regards

Answer:Installing Second Os linux in single hard disk

You forgot to tell your machine to boot from the CD. See the BIOS setup.

Also, it is better to just delete the partitions and let the Linux installer to recreate them when you install.

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I have windows 7 and a Toshiba USB external hard disk like this one:

I want to install it on the external hard drive.

Is it possible to install windows 7 on a USB external hard disk like the one above?

If yes then how?

Answer:Installing Windows 7 on External USB Hard disk

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Hi, hope someone can help, I have a Satellite L450 that has windows 7 preloaded on it. However the hard disk has become corrupt and unable to use, unfortunately I never backed anything up.
Can I buy a new hard disk and install it? If so how do I get it to work as I have no o/s on cd?

Many thanks in advance

Answer:Satellite L450 - Installing new Hard Disk

Hi 4ordie,

Of course you can replace the HDD that?s no problem. HDD replacement takes 5 or 10 minutes and you can do it yourself because it?s not very complicated.

New HDD doesn?t contain any files and you have to install the OS and all driver yourself but I?m wondering why you don?t have an installation (Recovery) disk. It?s clearliy mentioned in user manual how to do this.

Anyway, no you can order a recovery disk from Toshiba to restore factory settings:

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i recently purchased a re-conditioned M57 (6072). i'm not sure wether it's a coincidence or not but after i installed the vista sp2 update this morning i started getting error messages for the hard disk. i can't remember if it happened straight after the re-boot but it was within the same time frame.this is the message i get when i run the hard disk test in toolbox.SMART Status Test Test Started   27/08/2009 2:55:55 PM Error Message: Failure prediction threshold exceeded. 27/08/2009 2:55:56 PM Test Finished: Failed 27/08/2009 2:55:56 PMthe first time i ran it the smart tests failed but then it went ahead and performed the seek tests and scan tests and it passed all of them. but now when i run the diagnostic it fails the first smart status test and just stops there and says "your drive indicates an immenet failure. backup files and replace drive".i've run checkdisk and there were no errors or bad sectors and i've also defragged it succesfully. i suspect that there's not really a problem with that drive at all. but i have no idea what's causing windows to create error messages and why it's failing the smart tests.please help if you can. cheers. justin.

Answer:M57 hard disk error after installing vista sp2

Justin, welcome to the forum,
to be sure, download and create a bootable cd of Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test and let it test your drive. Even if you don't have an Hitachi drive it will tell you whether or not it's defective. You could also choose to try a similar software from the hard drive manufacturer, they all have similar tools.
Hope this helps

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I had recently my data recovered and I was stored on a new hard disk (80 Gb MAXTOR).
Is it possible to install Windows XP on the same hard disk or should I use the new disk as a slave disk and record the data on DVD-s. I would already have done that, but the problem is that I can't see the new disk as a slave (the BIOS sees it, but it is not visible in My Computer (I have Windows 98 on my primary master).
So, I would preferably install the operating system on my new hard disk, but I'm afraid that I will lose the data on it.
If anybody can help, please answer!

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Installing Windows XP on the hard disk which has data on it

Okay what type of file system does the new drive use? Is it FAT32 or NTFS? If it is NTFS Windows 98 will never detect it as that OS cant. There is a app you might be able to run that will allow it but i dont know how good it is.

I wouldnt suggest installing XP on that drive. With XP it is best to format the drive when you install to give the best possible install. With having info on there you couldnt do that and it might not install correctly.

You could format and install it where you have Win98. But if you dont want to do that then i would back up the data to DVD's then format and install XP.

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I have a problem. when trying to install XP I can't get the drivers to load from the CD it wants them In A: drive and that's too much information for a diskette, Can anyone help me out on this?

Answer:Installing Hard disk sata Drivers

It depends on the motherboard but often the SATA/RAID drivers are not just copied directly from the CD to the floppy. Motherboard driver CDs often have drivers for different chipsets and different operating systems. In these cases a utility program on the CD is used so you can select the correct drivers which will fit on the floppy diskette. Directions on how to make the SATA driver floppy are usually in the motherboard manual.

It would be better if we knew what motherboard you have.

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I have two encyclopedias on my system--Encarta and Britannica--and plan to include a third. (Encarta also includes an Atlas). These programs have a vast--and unchanging--database. Every time however, I do a search, a defragment or whatever like that, all this unnecessary material is gone through, completely wasting both time and computing power. As I am about to do a complete reformat of my C drive, a thought struck me. If these unchanging databases could be installed on my second hard drive, then this irritation could be avoided altogether--which raises another question.Given those installation routines where an option is possible, is it ABSOLUTELY necessary to specify C:\Program Files as the installation folder? What if I was to create a "Program Files" folder on my second hard drive and install these programs to it? Aside from anything else, it strikes me that--as with putting the Paging File on a separate hard drive--it should even access the data faster.The only real questions are: would it work--and would it work well?DannyOH

Answer:Installing Program Files to a second hard disk???

Oops.Sorry guys.Forgot to add--system is Windows XP Pro.DannyOH

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Hello I recently bought a y480p. The first thing i did was install an SSD in to the main hard disk slot and move the hard disk in to a caddy in the disk drive. This is awesome as having moved all of my operating system etc on to the SSD it now runs super fast.  What I wanted to know is how can I now get the copy Microsoft Office that came with the computer on to my SSD. There is no activation code in with the pack of paperwork. Thanks for your help! Ben


Go to Solution.

Answer:Re-installing office after replacing hard disk

That program that goes with the computer is a 30 days trial program. Why not go to microsoft store to buy it?

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Right now, I am running Vista Home Basic (c:) drive. I shrunk the volume and made another portion (z:) drive. I intent to install WinXp Pro onto the (z:) drive.

I would like to run winxp pro from the same hard drive. I've already shrunk my primary hard drive and created another one (WINXP Z:).

Whenever I boot from Xp pro disk, it starts loading the files and when it gets to the part where it says windows is loading i get error code 0x0000007b (pci.sys)

I am running vista at the moment and have looked at many tuturials on how to install xp and vista on same hard drive with WinXp Pro on the seperate partition. Any help would be greatly appreciated and communication would be faster via Yahoo! Messenger or w/e you reply for quicker communication.

Hope someone can help, it's getting extremely annoying!

I created a winxppro sp2 iso disk to boot from and it makes it thru loading the drivers then when it says windows is starting it bluescreens with 0x0000007b error (pci.sys).

More info: I am not trying to install Win Xp Pro on the some portion vista is on (c:). I am trying to install Win Xp Pro onto the (z:) drive i shrunk off the (c:) drive.

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I have a small hard disk, 80Gb in my notebook (by today's standards) but I got a USB 500GB (actually 465 GB) attached to the notebook; any cons if I install applications to it instead of C:\Program Files

Answer:any Cons when installing applications to s USB Hard disk

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I have a external storage hard disk that can be connected to any computer using the USB. I'm trying to install Adobe Photoshop 7 on the hard disk so that I can have the program work on any computer connected to it without having to install the Photoshop on every computer I use. But when I did that and tried to open Adobe Photoshop on another computer, I got this error message :

"Could not complete your request because of missing or invalid personalization information"

Can anyone help me to fix that problem?


Answer:Installing Programs on External Hard Disk

You would have to install it on each computer that you want to use it becuase the program needs to create the registries for it.

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Had a Hard Drive booting error 3f0 after installing (unsuccesfully) Windows 7 Ultimate x64 after Ubuntu 16.10 LTS. Cannot access OS, or GRUB (Boot Manager). Can boot OS via Boot from EFI feature.

Answer:Hard Disk error 3f0 after installing Windows7

Which OS can you boot? Linux? Sounds like the hard drive needs to be replaced. Can you get into F2 diagnostics as you boot up to run the hard drive check?

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i'm running Ubuntu 11.10 and its working great , lately i wanted to install windows 7 alongside Ubuntu because there's no itunes on it, the problem is W7 can detect my Hard Disk and it says a driver is required ,thought that W7 has all the sata drivers ,i've installed W7 a millions times before but never seen this message .
please ! i need some help !

Hp Probook 4510s

Answer:hard disk driver required while installing W7

Windows needs to be installed before Linux.

The best two ways of running Linux with Windows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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Currenttly running Xp with all updates.First HDisk split into 2 40gb drivesSecond HDisk is a 40gb. All my documents are not on the system drive.Downloaded Beta and tried to install but came up a message that I can not upgrade.How to I format the Hard drive before installing the Beta?Thanks

Answer:How To Format Hard Disk Before Installing Beta

If you use RC1 you can install from within XP.I did.

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Hi, My girlfriend dropped her laptop and now the hard disk died. Since she doesn't have any recovery disks, I'm looking for advice on how to re-install her OS with a new hard disk. Since I'm not sure of the exact windows version (32 or 64-bit) and haven't found a good ISO-image for her laptop (it's an Italian version) I could use some help. I have the product key. Please advise. Best regards, Sies Stadhouders

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I wanted to reinstall windows XP rather than repairing it,but I don't want to format the whole hard disk for doing so,only the C partition,so how do I do that?

Answer:installing windows XP without formating the whole hard disk

You just format the C partition . . Delete and then create a new one

This is a good guide to reinstalling XP . . you might want to print it for reference during the install.

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Hi, trying to install xp on my Toshiba p200-rt7 and xp says it cant find my hard drive. If I run the vista install dvd it finds it so I'm guessing I need to hit F6 during xp install and select 'third party drivers'? If so, where can I get those drivers?Can someone assist?


Answer:Installing XP On P200-rt7 But Win Can't Find Hard Disk

Installing a Retail (street copy) version of Windows XP on a Vista Toshiba Laptop.

Step 1: Prepare the BIOS
- Go to the Support/Drivers section on the Toshiba Website, and look up your Toshiba Model
- If your laptop has a separate BIOS version for XP and Vista, download the XP BIOS file and run it in Windows.
- If you cannot boot into Windows, you can update the BIOS after installing XP.

Step 2: Enable SATA Compatibility Mode in the BIOS
- If XP Setup cannot detect the SATA Hard Disk, turn on ?SATA Compatibility Mode? in the BIOS if this option is available, and install XP.

Step 3: Install XP using a Floppy Disk with the SATA drivers
- If SATA Compatibility mode is not available, you need to use SATA drivers on a Floppy Disk during XP Setup. Follow these steps:

1) Download the Windows XP SATA F6 driver from the Toshiba Support/Downloads Website.
If an individual F6 AHCI/SATA driver is not available, download and extract the Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver for XP to a temporary folder.
The Intel Matrix Storage Manager driver package should contain some folders under the "F6flpy" folder. For example: C:\temp\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\F6flpy\ICH8M_32bit
Choose the correct folder. For example: ICH8M_32bit for an ICH8 Intel Chipset when installing Windows XP 32bit.

2) Copy those files (iastor.inf, etc..) to a blank floppy disk. The a... Read more

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I'm having an issue with my hard drive in terms of dual booting.

I am trying to install a copy of Windows XP/Windows Longhorn onto a 1TB hard drive that was removed from a Western Digital My Book. The first portions of setup complete themselves, but when I try to run Windows from the hard drive, all I get is this:

Verifying DMI Pool Data........
Disk Read Error
Press Ctrl + Alt + el to restart your system

(Yes, I am aware of the missing D... that's exactly how it prints onto the screen.)

Then, I reboot and then I get this:

Verifying DMI Pool Data........

I keep trying to run Setup over and over again, deleting and creating partitions, formating the drive several times, and tried to install from a different hard drive.

What's going on and how can I fix this?

Please note:

I am dual-booting via two separate hard drives. One is from the manufacturer of the computer and the other is from Western Digital.
I have an Acer Aspire T180 that runs Windows 8.1 Preview.
The drive is 1TB.
I specifically have Setup install onto the Western Digital drive.

Answer:Solved: Hard Disk Error After Installing

Have you verified the boot order is correct in the BIOS/UEFI? Does it work if you disconnect the second hard drive and reinstall?

Also, what do you mean by you "tried installing from a different hard drive"? Are you not installing Windows XP from the Windows XP CD?

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I currently have Win 7 Home 32 bit installed. I will be upgrading my system and using a new Sata hard drive.
I would like to install my Win 7 retail upgrade disk [ the 64 bit version ] on the new drive.
Can I do this? If so what would be the easiest way to retain all information from my current 32 bit drive?

Answer:Installing 64 bit to New Hard Drive from upgrade disk

Quote: Originally Posted by Mrgooch

I currently have Win 7 Home 32 bit installed. I will be upgrading my system and using a new Sata hard drive.
I would like to install my Win 7 upgrade disk [ the 64 bit version ] on the new drive.
Can I do this? If so what would be the easiest way to retain all information from my current 32 bit drive?

When changing from 32 bit to 64 you MUST do a clean install and therefor have to re-install the apps.

Upgrade disk? Not full redial, or OEM?

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Hi. I tried to install Windows 7 but no hard disk is found.
I already mounted the boot.wim and install.wim and installed the sata Driver on it.
In BIOS I changed the Setting from Raid to AHCI. Still the same Problem.
Can someone help me please?
Many thanks. Claus

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I have a spare slot for aditional hd in my computer. the disc already installed is sata. Could I put in a ide disk without conflicts. ( Both types of connecting cables are in their)

Answer:installing extra hard disk in computer

yes you can.Just make sure it is set to boot from your sata drive in the BIOS and not the IDE drive first.

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Bought this SATA hard disk(250GB) a few weeks ago and fixed my computer. I am using Gigabyte K8VT800M as my mother board.

I see a exclamation mark on on the icon of "VIA SATA RAID CONTROLLER" in my device manager. It is not a question mark behind, so I guess the drivers are installed.

The hard disk is running.

However, I can't seem to detect the SATA hard disk(Can't find it in disk management), is it because my motherboard doesn't support SATA II?

It says here:

If I have to change the jumpers settings, how do I do it?

Answer:Problem installing SATA hard disk

You only need to install the raid controller drivers if you're going to set up a raid array.

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I am trying to use an Iomega 1 Tb external USB Hard Drive (Iomega GDHDU) with a desktop computer using Win XP Home Edition. When I plug in the usb I get an error message:
Windows cannot load installer for volume. Contact harware vendor.
I have tried plugging in before boot up and after boot up with the same problem. I use the drive with another XP computer without problem. Could this be upsetting the computer in question?
Anyone got any ideas for solutions? The problem system is Pentium 4 2.98 GHz with 2Gb of memory. The internal Hard Drive is 160gb.

Answer:External Hard Disk installing Problem

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I have a 4 year old pc which has a 13gb c drive, which my kids have managed to fill up. Although I regularly defrag it,use disk clean up, uninstall infrequently used,unused programs, etc I think that it would be easier if I installed another drive and got the kids to use this for thier games, etc.Is it very easy to install and how much am I likely to pay for a drive up to 40gb.

Answer:Advice on installing a 2nd hard disk drive please

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Hi, I have just recently gotten a new computer which came with Vista. Previously what I have done with any new operating system I got was installed it into my old computer. However, I came to find out you can only have one computer assigned to each cd, unless I wanna buy another one, which is unecessary.

I wanted to get rid of Vista and return to XP but the XP disc would not install because of multiple errors, such as missing ntldr.

So I decided to use deriks boot and nuke to clear the hard drive, and that went smoothly.

Now, here is my problem... When I insert the XP cd it spins for a while and eventually comes to an error screen with:

"no boot sector on hard disk"
"CARDBUS NIC boot failed"

30 seconds or so later I also get this message

"No bootable devices"
Also, when I just start the computer normally, it does go to a screen that says no operating system found, which makes sense.

The weird thing is that the Windows Vista CD still starts up and goes to the installation area when I boot from CD drive, So I know my CD drive is working properly.

I have tried the XP CD in another computer and it works fine.

The computer with the problems is a Dell Inspiron 8500.

Sorry if this has been answered somewhere but I grew tired of reading through threads only to come to a very general solution of booting from the XP disc, which wont work.

Since I used deriks boot and nuke, I have not formatted and repartitioned the drive ( I don't know i... Read more

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Disc won't boot - no boot sector on hard disk..

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Hi, I really need some help here.

My system has two drives:
1) SSD (C: drive) where my win7 OS boots from (call this normal_win7)
2) HDD (D: drive) where I keep my data

I created a D:\virtual_win7.vhd file and installed win7 on it (for testing purposes) following these instructions:

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot

When I boot, I get no boot menu asking me to choose either between normal_win7 or virtual_win7 install. By default, it boots into virtual_win7. To boot into normal_win7, I need to press F11 at reboot to enter into Boot Menu and select it. I thought I would be presented with a boot menu at reboot each time? Those instructions I followed in the link told me the boot manager would be present. So I got a feeling something went wrong somewhere.

These are some things I observed:

1. I installed EasyBCD within normal_win7 and it only has one entry listed in the bootloader:

HTML Code:
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
2. Within System > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Startup and Recovery, there is also only one entry.

3. In Disk Management (within normal_win7), the vhd does not appear.


What do I need to do to get the boot menu manager going when I reboot my system to allow OS selection?

Why doesn't the vhd appear in Disk Management within normal_win7? Is it because it is being dynamically mounted each time it is booted into? I thought th... Read more

Answer:Boot issues with virtual hard disk. No windows boot manager

I guess everyone is using win8 these days, or my question is at the cutting edge of technology that no one knows the answer

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I yesterdy tonight fitted an HP e-pc C10 with a new hard disk, and the disk
has been partitioned, formatted and set as primary. Using the HP
Recovery CD which came with the machine, I installed Windows 2000 on to
the new disk.
The install went without hitches until the very first full boot. Admin
sign-on is completed, then Win 2k spontaneously shuts down and
re-starts. On the re-start we get an error message: Boot failure, disk
not recognised. Press any key to restart the OS.
On pressing the key the boot once again fails. This is very hard to
understand, as the machine successfully booted in to the install
programme twice. Furthermore, the bios detects the hard disk as a
Primary IDE correctly. Yet, at the crucial moment of finalising the OS
boot the system fails.
Anyone any thoughts?

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I have a new hard drive (computer actually) and have worked through multiple problems.
Now I have got it to the point where I can install ubuntu.

The problem is I cannot install XP which is what I really want.

I go through the first round of installation instructions. It starts to reboot. I take the disk out and then I get a disk read error message.
It also says I can click CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart.

I've tried multiple times and this is what I always get when I remove the disk. I reformatted the drive after installing ubuntu so XP should see a new drive right?

Do I need to do something like partition the drive before installing XP to avoid this error?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

Answer:Installing XP to new hard drive disk read error

You should be leaving the disk in but letting it start from the HD.

So insert XP disk, press any key to start from CDROM. When it restarts the first time leave the disk in but do not press any keys. Do the same the second reboot.

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hi can u help..the 40gig fijitsu hard disk broke and i bought new replacement online. model mht2040at.when i turn on machine says "operating system not found" when i go into bios it doesnt recognise harddisk, when i try to boot from xp disc it begins setup but says "setup did not find any harddisk drives installed on our computer... setup canot continue" so laptop sent to reboot and i get "operating system not found" message again... how do i get my laptop working again?many thanks in advance for your helped

Answer:installing new hard disk for sony vaio vgnb1vp

Boot to the BIOS and set the CMOS to Auto detect the drive.

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 I installed a new hard drive after my old hard drive failed.  When I insert my boot disk, the "Windows is loading files" screen comes up, followed by the "Starting Windows" screen.  Then the Lenovo Thinkvantage product recovery screen comes up.  screen comes up.  When I get to the screen that prompts me to "insert the Product Recovery Disc 1 into drive D:" I click "yes."I then get a prompt that says, "The DVD you are using is not the correct DVD. Insert the correct one."  This is the only boot disc I have.  I reinstalled from this disc several months ago with no problem. Does the problem lie with the fact that I now have a new hard drive?  Do I need to call Lenovo for a new backup disc? Thanks for any help you can provide. Thinkpad Edge 14Intel i3Windows 7 64 bit

Answer:Recovery disk not restoring after installing new hard drive

Kindly start the system with disc 1 then it should load Operating System.If the issue continues then notebook BIOS has to be updated after that recovery disc can be used again. You need to contact the support center to know the detail for obtaining the new set of recovery disc.

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I tried to make a clean Windows 7 Installation on an OptiPlex 7040 but no hard disk is found.
I already mounted the boot.wim and install.wim and installed the latest storage driver.
I changed the BIOS Setting from Raid to AHCi. Still the same error.
Can someone please help me.
Many thanks.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 OptiPlex 7040 - No Hard Disk

Hi Claus,
Thank you for writing to us!
Kindly click on the link below which would help you .

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Hi ,  Actually i am a novoice user of laptops and that is the reason why i have landed up here.It happened this way.. i had a windows vista installed in my laptop previsoly. i just wanted to install xp so that i could use both xp and vista .i thought the options would be the same way in which we install windows xp and windows 98. so before installing xp , i just went in disk management in vista and made some partioin where i can install xp. then i restarted the laptop with the bootable xp my horror i couldnt see any of those partitions which i created . and there was only a single large partion. so i decided to quit and aborted the installation process. but after restarting , i could see that the laptop couldnt boot. thinking that something seriously has gone wrong,i just rebooted the laptop with the xp cd and deleted the only partitioin which i could see and installed the xp by formtting the partion and creating new ones. and now i could see only xp. later on i came to know that the vista could have been retrieved by using the novo button which i didnt know previously. i would like to know whether i can still retrieve that vista version again ?? i also donno whether i have deleted the recovery partion or not but someone told me that since the recovery partion is not visible to us , it might not have been deleted it true???

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How to install Fedora core 6, Ubuntu 6.06 and Kubuntu in a single harddisk of 80 GB. Step by step installation is requested as I am an intermediary as far as Linux OS is concerned.

Answer:Installing multiple linux OS in a single hard disk

vsraman5 said:

How to install Fedora core 6, Ubuntu 6.06 and Kubuntu in a single harddisk of 80 GB. Step by step installation is requested as I am an intermediary as far as Linux OS is concerned.Click to expand...

Why do you want so many OSes?

Have you looked on the linux site?

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I had to install a new hard drive on a computer (Dell). All I have is the Win XP upgrade disk. It tells me that since there is no operating system on the disk, that it cant install the upgrade. Is there any way around this other than buying a full XP disk?


Answer:Solved: Installing XP on a new hard drive from upgrade disk


You have 2 options:

Buy the full version XP CD.

Get hold of a 98, 98SE, or ME CD.


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I've never gotten this error when installing any version of Windows on a clean hard disk and I hope there is a solution as, otherwise, it's a bad board. This system originally came as a Dell factory-downgraded Windows XP installation (from Vista).

Here's the system.

I've swapped the hard disk, memory, DVD drive, video card, power supply and even tried installing XP, Vista and 7, all resulting in the same 07B stop error. There are no add-in cards aside from the video.

Any suggestions?

Answer:STOP 0x0000007B on installing XP on Clean Hard Disk

From what i read about that error its caused by a hard drive problem of some sort or if you are going from say vista back to xp the setting in the BIOS has to be either ATA,SATA, IDE, or compatability to install and run xp. AHCI is for vista and windows 7.

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How to install Fedora core 6, Ubuntu 6.06 and Kubuntu in a single harddisk of 80 GB. Step by step installation is requested as I am an intermediary as far as Linux OS is concerned.

Answer:Installing multiple linux OS in a single hard disk

vsraman5 said:

How to install Fedora core 6, Ubuntu 6.06 and Kubuntu in a single harddisk of 80 GB. Step by step installation is requested as I am an intermediary as far as Linux OS is concerned.Click to expand...

Why do you want so many OSes?

Have you looked on the linux site?

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well i just got a new HD the other day and as i tried installing windows on to it, it says that i dont have a HD connected. i'm not really good with these comp things, can someone please give me some suggestions? thanks

Answer:comp not recognizing hard disk when installing windows

First make sure, that the HD, is connected properly. Since you're installing Windows on it, make sure it is the master hard drive, if you have more than one hard drive installed. Is it SATA or IDE?

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Greetings and happy New Year to all.

I am working on a Dell Optiplex that is about 4 years old. The hard drive failed, so I have replaced it with a new Western Digital 1 TB drive. I downloaded the Windows 7 ISO from Dell and burned it to a USB stick. Installation appears to go smoothly until
the final reboot when you would normally go into the standard Windows process of creating a user name and so forth. At this point, the PC goes into a Windows Recovery Error screen and prompts me to repair the computer. From here, I have tried startup repair,
safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, etc., but nothing works. Safe mode with command prompt hangs at the CLASSPNP.SYS line.
I have gone through the setup process 3 time on this system and get the same results each time. I have reformatted the disk with each attempt. Even tried it once from DVD instead of USB. Also tried removing and re-setting the RAM. All hardware passes Dell
on-board diags.
I have install Win 7 at least 100 times in the past 5 years or so and never run into anything like this.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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