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T30 cant find os

HI,
My new larger hdd failed. so I put back the original 20GB hdd. It will not find the OS (XP). We got to a dos shell and ran FDISK. It shows C: as the fat32 partition and active. I set the NTFS partition as active. Rebooted. Still fails. Ran FDISK again, and FAT32 is still the active partition.
How do I get it to boot to XP?

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  • mrwalker499 Jan 17, 2009

    the hard drive has 2 partitions. one with Windows XP SP2, and the other is the IBM recovery partition

  • mrwalker499 Jan 18, 2009

    at startup the laptop runs memory checks etc. Then it tries to boot from the hard drive. This is where it fails with the message "Error loading operating system - press any key to reboot." The screen is black and white.

  • mrwalker499 Jan 18, 2009

    It was working OK when we took it out. I am able to read the hard drive in another computer. It just won't boot to XP, Its a mystery.

  • DEKR
    DEKR May 11, 2010

    on the hdd what os system did you have on it

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When you start does it come to point where it shows xp and ibm

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  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 18, 2009

    Its saying no operating system is installed

    is the hd plugged in secure or do you have the jumpers in the wrong place

    you may need to do a format

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