Your old hard drive contained files used by the OS, as well as the OS itself. If you replaced that HD with another, and did not clone your existing install onto the new HD, then there is no boot record, nor is there anything to boot. It is not possible to just swap a HD and expect it to work without either cloning the old drive or performing a fresh install of an OS. The fact that it is detected by the BIOS is good, as you can install a new OS onto the new drive, or use a program like Ghost to clone your old drive's contents onto the new drive.
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Go back into the Dell CMOS and try reseting all settings back to default. Restart and when it starts to boot, start tapping F12 to get to the boot menu. Try booting to the CD drive now.
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The easiest route would be to install the new hard drive in place of the old hard drive and place the old hard drive below the new hard drive and make it a secondary hard drive or slave drive. Once you have them installed this way you can install Windows XP Home to the new hard drive once you have it installed to the hard drive then you can copy everything from your old hard drive to the new one. Once you have everything copied from the old hard drive you can then format it within Windows to have 33GBs of space to store anything you wish. If you need more detailed instructions don't hesitate to reply.
Your PC is telling you that it cannot recognize your Hard Drive. You need to order a new Hard Drive. They are very cheap. Then you will need to re-install Windows. All of your data may be lost, but you can bring your Hard Drive to a data recovery center or PC Store to see if the data can be retrieved.
Hard Drive is probably dead so you will need to purchase a new one.
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...
1. Chek whether the time and date is correct
2. If No, change BIOS Battery, if Yes, No need to change the Battery
3. Install the latest Version BIOS (if the existing is the L8st, then reinstall)
4. Selct "Load Optimal Default" in BIOS and try to boot
Why not use your new hard drive as a storage disc. Reconnect your old hard drive as it was before. Hopefully it will boot the computer again. If it does, shut down the unit. On the primary bus, set your old HD as master & the new HD as slave with jumpers. Boot the unit & hopefully you will now have a "c"&"d" HD showing in My Computer. Remember that your are dealing with Windows & what should happen & what really happens can be two entirely different things.