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Acer Desktop Won't boot up with new drive

I have a Acer Aspire T180 Desktop .. I am trying to install a new harddrive. The old drive (that came with the desktop) is hookup with the smaller cable, the new drive that I want to be the master is being hooked up with the wider (ide?) cable. I got a Boot Disk from Acer, that sets the drive up, also I got the recovery (back up) disk that came with the PC that I am using which is supposed to put the PC back to factory settings. I got through setting it up / installing the disk ... I try to boot PC up, and it says not a system disk. It appears the PC is not reconizing the new hard drive as the boot disk (I did change it in the boot menu).

I have taken the drive out of the pC, and put in another PC, and the computer picks it up, and runs windows Xp with no problem.

Help please

Frustrated

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  • dktozer Dec 01, 2008

    Tks for the help .. but (LOL)



    I was able to disable the SATA, set the new harddrive as the first boot.

    When the PC starts up ...

    I get ...



    VERIFYING DMI POOL DATA ....
    BOOT FROM CD:
    DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

    Still stuck !!



    d.

  • dktozer Dec 01, 2008

    I don't have a floppy drive on my PC, I do have the orgianial install XP disk, can I do it from there ?



    Tks for your help on this ...



    d.

  • dktozer Dec 01, 2008

    A thought .. if the harddrive is missing boot files, it wouldn't boot on my other machine right ??


    A the XP disk ... I was hoping to do the restore with my Back Up files that came with the PC, so that all the drivers, etc. are there already ... the restore of back up is supposed to put it back to factory settings ...



    Still trying ...



    d.

  • dktozer Dec 01, 2008

    And that is where my problem is ... I load the back up disk to the new drive., and the PC does not reconize the new drive as the boot disk ( I am sure the boot files are on it). I am guessing I am not doing the right setting in the CMOS to have the PC know that the Master is on the IDE, not SATA.

  • dktozer Dec 04, 2008

    Thanks for the help, finally decided to take into local shop ... had them replace harddrive. According to them, alot of my problems came from faulting CD rom, not loading windows properly.

  • dktozer Dec 17, 2008

    The funny thing ... when I do the restore, I can take the hard drive, put in my 2nd PC, and it works.



    For what ever reason - It won't boot from the hard drive.



    I checked, bios, etc.



    Hard drive is set to boot from.

  • Loteck May 11, 2010

    Strange. I guess some computers are more picky than others. There is usually a jumper on the mobo. It is usually in plain sight. I don't remember the remember the number but I think it might be J1,J2 or J3. Set it to the center pin and the open pin. Turn on the computer and see what happens. It seems to reset something. IT might boot,it might do nothing or it might tell you to change the jumper back. If it boots great. If it doesn't set it back to the original position and power up. Beyond that I am out of ideas.

  • Loteck May 11, 2010

    Do these "restore" discs work for anyone? It sounds to me that it will only restore the OS that is on the original HD. I don,t know if it will allow you to install XP on a new HD. This is how Microsoft keeps people from installing XP on an unlimited number of computers.

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Go into your CMOS settings and make sure the DVD/CD drive is set as a bootable device, and that it comes before the Hard Drive in the device boot sequence.

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Hi there,

You need to go the bois settings.... be careful there of you don't know what your doing.

The smaller cable is SATA and the one you are trying use is IDE.. your computer is set to SATA primary drive. You need to go to advanced seeting and change some seeting around to accept the IDE as primary. Please be careful you could end up messing your system if you don't know what you are doing. Please all the changes when you make them.

Please me know if you need telephine support at the time you do these changes.

regards,

Philip

Posted on Dec 01, 2008

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  • Kuldip Singh Dec 01, 2008

    This issue can be caused by any of the below reasons.



    If the computer has no bootable files on the drive it is attempting to boot from it is possible that the computer may halt at " verifying dmi pool data..."

    To resolve this issue:


    • Boot from a bootable floppy diskette. Ensure that this diskette was made on the same Microsoft Windows operating system that is installed on your computer.
    • Once at the A:\> prompt type "sys c:" and press enter. This should report the message "File system transferred." Once transferred remove the diskette and reboot the computer.


    1. Corrupt boot files on the computer.
    2. Settings for hard disk drive are not correct.
    3. Floppy diskette or CD in computer causing issue.
    4. Boot devices not set properly.
    5. BIOS corrupt or misc. setting not set properly.
    6. Connections loose or disconnected.
    7. Bad Hard disk drive or other bad hardware.

    Please let me know how you get on..



    Thanks,



    Philip

  • Kuldip Singh Dec 01, 2008

    This issue can be caused by any of the below reasons.



    If the computer has no bootable files on the drive it is attempting to boot from it is possible that the computer may halt at " verifying dmi pool data..."

    To resolve this issue:


    • Boot from a bootable floppy diskette. Ensure that this diskette was made on the same Microsoft Windows operating system that is installed on your computer.
    • Once at the A:\> prompt type "sys c:" and press enter. This should report the message "File system transferred." Once transferred remove the diskette and reboot the computer.


    1. Corrupt boot files on the computer.
    2. Settings for hard disk drive are not correct.
    3. Floppy diskette or CD in computer causing issue.
    4. Boot devices not set properly.
    5. BIOS corrupt or misc. setting not set properly.
    6. Connections loose or disconnected.
    7. Bad Hard disk drive or other bad hardware.

    Please let me know how you get on..



    Thanks,



    Philip

  • Kuldip Singh Dec 01, 2008



    I don't know where you live but I would like to help with this... please do the following if you haven't already.



    Go into your CMOS settings and make sure the DVD/CD drive is set as a bootable device, make sure that your xp cd is inserted in your drive.



    Regards,



    Philip

  • Kuldip Singh Dec 01, 2008

    Hi, if you have a recovery disk which came with your computer or that you created when you first got your system, will do. That disk will restore to your computer to the factory settings.



    Let me how you get on, or if you know need further help.



    Regards,



    Philip

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