Installed new operating system now external drive don't work
I had my hard drive replaced a year and 1/2 ago and didnt notice till I had to try to update my system that the place I had the work done changed my operating system. So I purchased a disk and reinstalled my own operating system and it is authentic but I can't get my 250gb simpledrive to work it says it's connected but no icon to access in my computer and I lost my install disk can I download what I need or do I have to try to recover files somehow please help
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poss windows has fallen over you need an operating system check hdd are master and slave master first one from board go to bios set the cdrom as the default 1st boot device put operating system into cd rom should start to load operating system
You may have an external hard drive you want to use for more than just document backup. In this situation, you can install an operating system onto your external hard drive. By doing so, you will be able to run your external hard drive as a fully functional operating system. If your primary hard drive ever crashes, you will have a backup option unavailable to those who simply use their external hard drives as file and document backup.
1) Plug your external Hard Drive into your Computer using the USB cable. Insert the installation disk for your Operating System into the CD/DVD Drive. Turn on or restart your Computer.
2) Boot from the installation disk. You may have to press a key once prompted to boot from the installation disk.
3) Accept the license terms and conditions. Read through these carefully if you wish to understand your legal rights as a user. If you disagree with these terms and conditions, you may want to purchase a different Operating System.
4) Choose your destination drive. Your external Hard Drive will likely be the E: or F: drive. By default, the C: will represent your main Hard Drive and the D: will usually represent your CD/DVD Drive.
5) Begin the installation. Your external Hard Drive will install the Operating System. You will now be able to run that Operating System off of your external hard drive.
Installing the external CD Player...
You will go and start up and install Windows XP by doing he following:
Plug in your external CD drive, and let windows install it into the system...
Once the CD is ready to go, shut down the computer.
You will first need to format your hard drive, I will give you instructions on how to do that.
1...To format your hard drive and install XP:
To set you computer back to factory fresh settings you will need to format the hard drive and install the XP operating system and the drivers.
1.Format the hard drive: You do this by double left clicking on "My Computer",then double left click the main drive (normally C drive). When the window pops open, you will choose "Format" Keep in mind that once you format your hard drive you will loose all your files,programs,pictures,etc that you installed since the computer was new. So make your back up on a portable hard drive,thumb drive,etc.
2. Once the formatting of the hard drive is complete you will need to install the XP operating system along with the drivers. You will now insert the CD's into your external CD player starting with #1 first and continuing until all has been installed.
After all has been installed, shut your computer off and restart.
That will bring your computer back to Windows XP factory new condition as far as operating is concerned. Please take time to rate me
sounds like your pc is trying to boot from a disc drive without an operating system installed on it. I sometimes get this with my toshiba 1.5G external. Try turning off any non-booting drive connected to the machine and try again. If you don't have any external device connected then your system disc is either corrupt or dead and needs replacing or the operating system reinstalling.
it is hard to say exactly what's wrong with but I would say that is probably that the usb (if it's a usb disk) isn't working on the drive side. It has power and disk are probably working if you can hear the sound of them. But since the usb port which connects it to PC isn't working it doesn't show up in device manager.
That would be my guess based on what you wrote here
If it were my laptop here is what I would do:
1. Install a new hard drive.
2. Install the operating system.
3. After an anti-virus program was installed and updated, I would connect the old hard drive to the laptop using one of those external USB hard drive adapter cables.
4. If the old drive proves to be readable, copy documents/photos/bookmarks to the new hard drive.
Hope this helps.