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Re: insert a s/hand HD into a pc as a replacement HD?
If it is from an identical PC there are no problems with doing this. If it is from a different model computer you will need to update drivers if you can get it to boot. Depending on how different the model of computers are it may cause a blue screen of death upon boot. This is a very risky and difficult task if the computers are different.
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is your HD Fell? have you try to open it to another computer? try it first. if the computer you inserted is OK. there seems a problem regardless to your computer. try to reformat it and install Win XP pro. (SP3)
The reason why Windows XP installation CD cannot detect the hard drive is because your Toshiba has a SATA hard drive and the Windows installation CD does not have the SATA driver on the CD. If you do not have the SATA driver then you can get around this problem. Please click on this link and follow my instructions :- http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive
You have 3 paths to look at and you also need to think about the need to change out Vista for XP...
Vista has gotten a bad rap on being something that does not work... it works fine... unless you have some very old program that you have to have for your job, Vista will work just fine...
Now... 1. you can install a boot manager and have both Vista and XP on your computer... 2. you can reformate you HD and install XP, you have an XP disk and code??? 3. you can run Virtual PC on Vista and install XP, still need the disk and code...
Virtual PC will allow you to fire up XP and run it as a separate program on top of Vista... and it's a free download...
Still I would look at just why you need to change... I have been running Vista since before it came out and other than a couple of programs in the beginning were a problem, everything works just great...
To re-install XP over it's self. Put the CD in your cdrom drive. Start the system & press the F5 key every 2 seconds. This will load a boot menue. Using your keyboards up & down arrow keys highlit the cdrom drive & press enter. You will see to boot to the cd press any key, press the space bar. XP will start to load. Choose the correct options for a re-install.
Is it detectable by your System BIOS ?
If it is detectable, there is two solutions, Hardware one and Software one.
The Hardware one, is to remove the HD's Board and replace it with another one. you only have to unscrew 4 or 5 screws, it's simple.
The software one, is to Get Hiren's Boot CD and use a tool there called MBR Tool. Start it in DOS mode and Press the Recover/Restore MBR.
You should try the software part first. and Before trying anything you should look for cracks or hits (caused by the fall of your HD) on the HD Board or the Body of the HD.