Solved after reinstalling hard drive get no OS found error.

April 26, 2012 at 12:29:26
Specs: XP

I removed the hard drive to copy it onto a new machine. When I replaced it into the original machine I get the error message "No Operating System Found". Did I do something wrong when reinstalling it? How can I correct the problem?

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#1
April 26, 2012 at 13:46:57

Sounds like you inadvertently deleted Windows from it, or at least deleted the boot files which the system needs in order to boot into Windows.

I don't think you've installed it wrong or you would get this error instead:
"No hard drive detected".

Incidentally, unless you've got more than one Microsoft licence, it's illegal to have the same copy of Windows installed on two computers at the same time.


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#2
April 26, 2012 at 14:58:10

Could I have wiped it clean by copying the files to the new computer??? I wasnt copying windows, just her files from the old computer to the new.

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#3
April 26, 2012 at 21:33:01
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You may have plugged it in differently.
If SATA, try a different connector on the motherboard.
If IDE check that it is on the same connector on the ribbon cable and make sure that the jumper is set to Master (it may have been set to 'Cable Select' from the factory).
Try a different signal cable (ribbon for IDE and SATA cable for the SATA drive) since you may have damaged a wire at or near one of the connectors. Ribbon cables are especially susceptible to this when removing connectors.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
April 27, 2012 at 09:51:37

Thanks for all the help, this is the first I have ever used this site. Im quite impressed.
"Fingers", I did check the cables and did even try another one. Somehow I must have wiped it, but sure do not know how that happened. I will never do this again thats for sure.

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