Help my PC won't detect my hard drive

May 9, 2009 at 08:04:16
Specs: Windows XP
Hi hope someone can help.

We have a freevents MT2700 pc and recently it went wrong, we never made a recovery disk to boot it so we decided to put a Vista disk in that belonged to our son's laptop and for a while it worked until one day we turned the machine on and now we get a message saying boot error insert system disk. We put the same disk back in and it won't work anymore and in the bios it won't detect our hard drive. We have bought a new drive but it wont detect that either. What can we do?

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May 9, 2009 at 08:18:38
It sounds like the original hard drive has died and the replacement drive may not be compatible. I couldn't find much on your brand. First you need to sort out the hard drive issue. Then you can move on to the operating system issue.

Could be something MORE than just the hard drive but it doesn't sound like it. If you can boot to the Vista DVD and it is attempting to install it sounds like a hard drive problem.

You can only run your Vista on ONE computer.

Contact the manufacturer (Phillips?) of your desktop computer and request a set of recovery disks. You may need to pay for them, if available at all.

Otherwise you need to BUY a retail version WinXP/Vista and use it to install.

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May 10, 2009 at 04:33:00
Ok thanks for the help we now have it up and running on the original hard drive using a new copy of Vista

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