Hi all. I reloaded winxp home from my cd having set the bios to boot from cd.Reinstallation was fine.Reset the bios to boot from HD but it does not reconize this as each time I try to reboot, it comes up with the cd screen and ask me to free F1.When I put in the xp cd it starts to reload xp or it open windows normally.How can I get it to open from HD at start up.The laptop is IBMThinkpad 600e.Yes it old.Ionly use it as a back up for my PC.
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Changing boot sequence.
Go to bios setting, click "F2" upon start up( when you read the bios and HD readout ). Choose the part boot sequence, click " enter" and choose what drive will be use first.
Save the settings upon exit.
to reset the BIOS, there is a small battery somewhere in your computer. if you unplug it for 3 seconds, it will reset the BIOS. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT TRY THIS! get a service professional. If this doesn't work you might need to get a new laptop.
Check in the BIOS to make sure that the HD is present in the system before proceeding..
If not then power off the laptop and then carefully remove and replace the HD from and to its connector.
Then secure it then reboot the laptop.
Check the BIOS settings again to see if the HD is recognised.
If you still can’t see the HD then obtain a USB to IDE / SATA adaptor cable from eBay or your local PC store and remove the HD from the laptop and lay it down on a flat horizontal surface and use the adapter to connect to the laptop’s HD and connect the USB to another PC. This will show if there are any issues with the HD itself and will allow you to format it if necessary.
Then replace it back in the laptop and all should be well.
If not then you can suspect that you have an HD controller issue which is a very costly repair in a laptop.
If the laptop will boot or you have a bootable CD / DVD then change the boot sequence in BIOS to be CD/DVD then Hard Disk.
Reboot the laptop.
Once booted look at the Device Manager to see if there are any errors showing in the Storage Devices and the Hard Disk in particular.
Then go to option 5 or use the bootable CD / DVD to reformat and rebuild the hard drive.
If all the above fails then install a new Hard Drive, format it as required and reinstall the Operating System and applications.
Download the UBCD (ultimate boot CD) burn it to a CD and boot your laptop up with it (you may have to change the boot order to CD)
There is a utility on the UBCD for changing the BIOS password. http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
I am assuming you mean you are updating the bios? If so set the laptop bios to boot to the CD drive and try that. Then after its done, boot the pc with the CD in the drive. When you are done, be sure you set the PC back to boot to the HD.
I'd like you to get into your bios. At the main bios window make sure your bios is seeing the hard drive correctly (model number). Also check that your cdrom is listed. While in the Bios go to boot & correct the boot order. 1st should be cdrom, 2nd should be your new Hitachi.
You mentioned you connected it to a PC. Than you installed WinXP & everything went fine. Disk read error means your laptop does not like the FAT. When you bought the Hitachi did you get a disk utility? If not download it from the link provided here & test your drive. Use the disk utility to set up your new drive & format
it with the utility. Try again to boot to your cdrom & install WinXP. If your XP does not include SP1 or SP2 your drive may show a smaller size. http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm
Good luck, I hope the disk utility fixs the problem. http://www.hitachigst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/50C8DBC2A315A4C786256F400065B756/$file/7K100_SATA_FINAL_DS.pdf (Info)