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New hard drive on old e-machine. "No operating sys"

Hi. I installed a new harddrive on an old e-machine and copied all the files and operating system onto the new hd. Now I'm trying to remove the old one and just use the new one. I connected the cables to the new hd and tried to start the machine. "No operating system detected."

I think I need to get into the BIOS and tell it to boot from the new HD. How do I get into the BIOS? It goes from pushing the on button directly to Windows opening. Also, does this sounds like the problem?

Most of all: what do I do once I get into BIOS? (I'm not super savvy about this, so please speak simple English!) thanks!!

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  • Birming Dec 19, 2008

    To copy it, I just used Drive Image XML and made a clone of the old drive onto the new one. When I check the new drive, it looks like all the Windows files are there...

  • Birming Dec 19, 2008

    I think my computer came with the operating system installed...don't know if I have cd's or whatever that I can re-install it from onto the new drive. Hm... I'll look around. I'll try pushing all those magic buttons first to get into BIOS. Thanks Wings and Deckstermx for your quick responses! I never imagined anybody would respond so fast!



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    deckstermx3 May 11, 2010

    What method did you use to install your operating system on to your nes hard drive?

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First of all did you install an operating system on your HD like windows or linux, copied doesn't work really good, take out the old HD for the new one and install the operating system. You can always afterward copy your old data on the new one
To enter into Bios puch "del" "F2" "F5" and "F8" simultanously (depend on the bios) when in bios go in BOOT menu with left or right arrow. then go down on the new hard drive and put it on top of the list, usully with F5 and F6 (how to use the menu is describe on the right), then press F10 and "Y" (yes) to accept the modification...
good luck

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