replaced hard drive wont boot

April 14, 2009 at 05:49:56
Specs: Windows XP
Okay here is a good one... I have a friend who's hard drive died. So she bought a new 120 WD 2.5 drive and brought it over to me to help her. I installed the new hard drive and used the dell reinstall OS disk. Everything installed fine and things were good! Then after we did a couple reboots I removed the CD and when it tries to boot it noe comes up with no OS hit f1 or f2, but if I put the cd back in and let it boot without entering CD is boots from the harddrive fine...

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#1
April 14, 2009 at 10:31:45
Check the boot order settings in the bios Setup - there's probably something wrong there. E.g. on this computer you can set to boot from an internal hard drive or a hard drive in a bay

I know from experience that you can boot from the Windows CD and get all the through Setup successfully even if the boot order settings are wrong, but when Setup is finished, if the boot order settings are wrong, THEN you have a problem.

"if I put the cd back in and let it boot without entering CD is boots from the harddrive fine... "

Some bootable CDs load automatically and when you don't press a key they default to booting from the hard drive, regardless of boot order settings.


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#2
April 14, 2009 at 20:55:42
Let it boot up with the cd in the cdrom and then open Disk Management and see if the hard drive is set active.

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