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Error loading operating system

My 4 yr old Dell 4600 finally died...power supply issue. I tried replacing the Seagate 30Gb hard drive in my Compaq Presario 5000 with the Seagate 80Gb hard drive from the Dell. I first got the "loading PBR for descriptor 2....done" issue. Then went to the recovery console and tried FIXBOOT...no effect and then FIXMBR. After FIXMBR, the "error loading operating system" is coming up in black screen. Any ideas on how I can get XP to run and the hard drive to function normally in the Compaq? Is the BIOS in the Compaq not compatible with the 80Gb hard drive from the Dell? Will it ever work?

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Try reinstalling Windows on the 80GB HD in the Compaq.

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It is impossible to do that
there can only be one operating system.
you will need a different hard drive with windows on it

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If you take a hard drive for one computer to another the windows wil have to be reinstalled as windows looks at the hardware configuation and if it doesn not match, will not run. If the 20 gb hard is working , reinstall it then using backup software back it up to another hard drive.That will work. Personally I use" Acronis true home" software to change a hard drive but their  are other  wil also work. Some  backup and transfer softwware even come with the replacment hard drives.

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