Hard drive OS problem

July 19, 2011 at 13:52:49
Specs: Windows XP
I recently put a new SATA hard drive into my HP touchsmart. I thought all i had to do then was chuck the recovery discs in and it would reload my OS. It didn't. So I got hold of a new XP disc - still no joy. I have been into the bios menu etc and changed every setting under the sun, but it still just comes up wih this message: BOOTMGR is missing

Can anyone help me, I'm close to throwing it out of the window!



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July 19, 2011 at 13:58:11
You are gonna have to reinstall the OS. Have you tried booting the cd first then loading the OS?

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July 19, 2011 at 18:20:52
XP was released before SATA drives went mainstream therefore XP does NOT natively support SATA. To get the SATA HDD recognized, you need to load the SATA drivers from a floppy disk at the beginning of XP setup. Since I doubt you have a floppy drive (USB won't work), you're going to have to create a completely new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. Have a look at this:


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July 19, 2011 at 22:55:55
Thanks for the reply, but i get stuck because the link to the driver download no longer works.

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July 25, 2011 at 11:05:32

I now have the Windows Vista Recovery Discs from HP.

1. I put the first disc in

2. I power up the pc

3. I get the message 'BOOTMGR is missing' on a black screen

4. That's it!

I keep reading how I should put the disc in, then go to 'recover' blah blah blah BUT I NEVER GET THAT FAR !!!!


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