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My Whole System Crashed So I Took The Hard Drive From My Gateway Pentium III And Put It In Another Computer And Up Graded My OS From Win Me To Win Xp And It Won't Boot, And It Gives Me A Message "Failure To Boot". What Do I I'm Thinking Either It's Not Recoginizing My Hardware Or I Made A Mistake In Ribbon Cables. Please Help.

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    jrcolbert May 11, 2010

    you cannot take a hard drive out of a system and put it in another system and do an upgrade and then try to put it back in another system, no.

    You get a windows XP cd and perform a full install on the hard drive in place on the computer it is going to reside in. That is the only way that will work.


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Hi there
i do agree with you about the ribbon cables please make verry sure that they are connected right ie set as master or slave also make sure that the ribbon is tight and then make sure that you boot into bios and see if the computer can recognize the drive and see if it is set to master or slave and see if there are any jumpers on the hard drive that match with what bios is telling you cause if the bios is set to master and you have the jumper set to slave it will not work

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