BSOD 0x0000007B booting Dell HDD in Compaq PC

Dell Inspiron 531s desktop (amd athlon 6...
September 22, 2009 at 09:17:00
Specs: Windows XP
My 3 year old Dell computer was hit by lightening and fried both the power source and apparently the motherboard (I'm assuming since replacing the power source didn't work). I removed the hard drive and I have attempted to load it in another computer that is a HP Compaq so I can recover my files and put them onto DVDs.

When I hooked up the Dell hard drive to the HP, I was unsuccessful in loading windows. I wasn't even able to do it in safe mode. I instead got the blue screen of death and the stop code 0x0000007B, which I understand is an inaccessible boot drive. What is my next step? Do I try using my OS disks to repair it? Help!!!!


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#1
September 22, 2009 at 09:27:30
look

the system looked for the OS for HP from hdd from Dell

since the system cannot boot from "his" hard drive, it shows BSOD

in the boot menu choose hdd 1 (or 0), if doesn`t work, choose hdd 2 (or 1)

that should do it

our patience is big


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#2
September 22, 2009 at 09:56:41
You cannot move an XP drive to another system and boot from it. If that what you were trying to do.

You need to hook the drive up as a slave (or externally) on the working system to recover your data.. Make sure you changed the plugging on the drive.

Here's some info on hard drive plugging:
http://www.smartcomputing.com/edito...


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#3
September 22, 2009 at 10:02:54
Guess I should also mention that this is a SATA hard drive and I from the research I've found, I cannot make it a slave.

Would it work if I plugged it into another dell, but not necessarily an inspiron?


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#4
September 22, 2009 at 10:04:07
does Response Number 1 help ???

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#5
September 22, 2009 at 10:38:53
In the boot menu, for the boot devices, it was listed as:
1. CD
2. USB
3. Hard Drive
4. MBA something...
I disabled the first two so it would only boot the hard drive and that didn't work either. I have unhooked the HP hard drive so it's not being read at all. It is recognizing the Dell drive because it lists the size, make, etc., but not booting it.

When it tells me I can boot from safe mode, normal, etc., I've tried all the options and as soon as the windows logo comes up, it goes back to the BSOD


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#6
September 22, 2009 at 10:40:46
(edit) you cannot boot from the problem drive, XP drives cannot be moved from system to system AND BOOTED.

You must boot from that systems original drive.

"this is a SATA hard drive"

That's good. When you plug it into the good system, it needs to be plugged into a connector that is numbered 'after' the main drive. Or you have to make sure that the connector that it is plugged into is not the one that is first in line for booting. Booting order is set in the Bios.


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#7
September 22, 2009 at 11:12:15
that`s it pal

aegis1 has the real answer

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#8
September 22, 2009 at 13:21:10
In addition to aegis 1 response I would add that when dealing with SATA hard drives you must set WHICH hard drive to boot to in addition to the boot order you have described.

You need to look at additional BIOS screens to find how to set which hard drive to boot to.

You MAY also have an option at start up to select which device to boot from. It may be an F key. Try that and select hard drive. When doing that you should then get a screen allowing you to choose the boot hard drive. choose the original drive.

One other thing to note. Most motherboards will boot to the lowest SATA port by default. So connect the original drive to the lowest number SATA port.


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#9
September 22, 2009 at 15:33:16
Use a linux live CD such as Knoppix 5.1 or ubuntu and you boot to the CD. You are then able to access all the data on the drive.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#10
September 22, 2009 at 22:37:21
yeah, once you copy your data, use only HP hdd, not Dell`s one

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#11
September 23, 2009 at 06:27:13
thanks for all the responses. I'll be working on it again this weekend and I'll let you know more.

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