installed a used hard drive now wont load OS

Dell Inspiron 1200 notebook
January 16, 2011 at 18:26:50
Specs: Windows XP
I got a used HD from a friend, installed it, and now it keeps going to the unsuccessful start up screen. It will get to the windows bootup screen but the gets stuck. I have the OS cd, but wont load it either.

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January 16, 2011 at 19:40:12
If the used hard drive the only one in the computer? If so, you need to re-install Windows to that hard drive. Any installation that is currently on there will not work properly with your hardware.

If the OS CD is not working you may need to enter the BIOS (setup) screens and change the boot order to allow the CD to be in front of the hard drive. Be sure to save when exiting the BIOS screens.

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