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Hi i have reinstalled windows on my advent 7038 (md40888)the problem i have is my disc drive is faulty so i removed the hard drive and put it in another laptop and installed windows using the advent recovery disc and it works fine. the problem is when i have put the hard drive back it wont reboot. i can get in to bios and it recognises that the hard disk is there but when i try to boot up it cant find the hard disk any ideas

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Try running it from the recovery or installation disc..sounds like a bios mismatch issue from one computer to another..

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