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I removed old hd installed new one . Hd has been picked up but can not boot from any drives BOOT.INC default= signature(782dcdc)

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  • rosemarie219 Jan 30, 2009

    i did reinstall my windows xp home with my installation cd and also my drivers. I then updated everything.

  • rosemarie219 Jan 30, 2009

    No apologies required ... I didn't do enough research on hd installation and now I am in a mess..heres what I did . When I got the new hd it didn't come with instalation cd so I didn't realize I needed it to be able to format hd, anyway after a couple of sleepless nights i was able to get comp. to reconize hd. I updated all my drivers,had a blue screen errordriver IRQL-NOT-LESS-OR EQUAL,finally got through that...... now I can not format hd. I can not re-install windows because my installation cd is older than what i have running .alot of my programs are not running correctly and in bios ini goes like this:


    {operation systems}

    signature(78c2cdc)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows=microsoft windowsxp home editin\fast detect

    I have tried to re-install using microsoft download to a floppy but I am getting bad sector error can not complete.. I am not that familiar with all this programing stuff just stubborn ha ha . there has to be a fix for this..

  • rosemarie219 Jan 31, 2009

    figured out the promblem I could not re-install because I had downloaded sp 2 and my installation disk was sp 1 once I removed sp2 was able to re-install also my virus program was keeping my floppy from working. tnks for all your help....


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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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  • MrJeebs Jan 30, 2009

    My apologies, rosemarie... you did not make clear that you had indeed re installed your OS.

    So are you saying that you were able to install a new clean OS onto the new HD, and apply all the relevant Windows Updates to that new installation, but at some point since then, you have not been able to boot from the newly updated installation?

  • MrJeebs Jan 30, 2009

    A bad sector on the Hd can be a lot of trouble, sometimes meaning that the drive is in fact, no good. Have you set your PC to boot from the Windows cd? If not I would suggest you do that by going into your BIOS, and setting the CD ROM as the first boot device. Then I would boot the pc, and while Windows is loading files, look for and option to hit a key to repair your computer. I think it's F2 or something similar. Once in the repair console, you should run a program called chkdsk.exe /r

    This will scan for and attempt to recover and trepair any bad sectors on the HD.

    If that doesn't work and you are still getting a bad sector error, I would have to say that the HD itself if broken, and will need to be replace. It is not uncommon to get a faulty drive nowadays.

    Good luck and feel free to ask if you have any more questions.


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