Solved Installed new hdd problems?

January 27, 2013 at 02:15:30
Specs: Windows XP? want windows 7 sometime., 30hdd 2gd.

installed new hdd. on start up screen shows (no boot sector.....) (no bootable devices). i don't have a start up disk. hit f2, bios screen shows the new hdd info. that's as far as i get. can you walk me through how to get this thing going? i'm new at this, but i try. do i need a disk? if so where can i get one? am i missing something simple? or am i just stupid? also tried setting the boot sequence, didn't work. THANKS VERY MUCH.

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January 27, 2013 at 03:00:22
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If this is the only disk on your computer then you need an OS install disk or you need to clone the old disk to the new one. Hard disks do not (generally) come with an installed OS. If it is a second disk then the boot order is wrong. Either change it in the BIOS or simply swap the data cables on the two disks.

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January 27, 2013 at 05:11:26

As ijack states, you don't have an operating system installed. If you had a partition on the old hard drive for making a disc (not as common for XP as with later OS's), then you'll need to reinstall that drive and make the disc before being able to use your new one...

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January 30, 2013 at 01:24:10

Thanks for the help, I'm using it now to send this.

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January 30, 2013 at 19:48:22

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