Question about Compaq Evo D500 PC Desktop
I have a home business working on computers, and its not often i come accost a problem i can't fix but this one got me.
Doing a routine disk clone, i'm swapping out an almost full 40gb for a 320gb hard drive. The old drive is a seagate, the new one is WD. Both are OEM drives. When i put the new drive in after cloning the old one, it won't boot, if i put in the windows XP sp2 recovery disk, it boots fine. Makes me thing it has a bad MBR, so i fixed the boot files and nothing. Put an XP pro cd into the computer and it said the copy of XP is damaged, had it do a repair, still won't boot up. Put the original drive back in and it starts up just fine. I'm missing something but have no idea what it is.
Try putting it in and loading an OS onto it directly (Install XP Pro or whatever you have handy). Let the machine do the disk work fo you. See if it will boot that way. If it does, then you should be able to copy off the important files by hooking the old one up as a slave. It's a pain in the rear, but sometimes it's better to start with a fresh install of the OS.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
How to set jumpers to run two hard drives
Haven't read anything about setting up either of them as slave and the other as master... if you don't do that... you get this sort of "HUH, what's going on." Not quite that simple, but not that hard either if you're IQ is probably at least 80, you should be able to do it... heck, half the drives have the jumper settings printed on them.
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
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