Help! "No boot device"??

February 13, 2011 at 12:59:31
Specs: Windows XP
Hi! I just replace the hard drive on my Dell e510, but now when I try to boot up it gives me the "no boot device" error. I'm lost at what to do next---any ideas? Thanks!

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February 13, 2011 at 13:02:20
... which operating system is installed on the new drive?

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February 13, 2011 at 13:33:50
Sorry to be so dumb, but I don't know. How can I check?

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February 13, 2011 at 14:09:59
Not trying to be a smart a**, but if you have a "new" drive and you don't know how to check what operating system is on it, then there's about a 100% chance the answer is "none". You'll need to install some type of OS on it for it to ever boot.

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February 13, 2011 at 14:49:57
New hard drives have no data on them.

The hard drive must have an operating system installed on it in order for the bios to detect the hard drive as bootable.

Most Dell computers that came with XP on them came with a Dell XP Re-installation CD or similar and one other disk with at least Drivers on it when they were new.

If you have the Dell XP Re-installation CD or similar, you just boot the computer from that disk, install XP, then when Setup is finished, if you have the other Drivers disk you install the drivers for your system.

Use the Product Key that is on the official label on the outside of the computer case when XP's Setup asks for it.

The bios Setup Boot Order or similar settings must be set so that you can boot from a CD.

You will have to change a bios setting if you have a SATA hard drive if the XP CD does not detect it.

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