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Hard drive crash, not usable at all; downloaded xp drivers and computer drivers but cannot get them installed. Hard drive not recognized.

Hard drive crashed; not usable at all. Installed new hard drive. Cannot boot up. Downloaded drivers for XP and the Laptop to no avail.

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  • nittanylion1 Apr 18, 2009

    Thank you. I have a toshiba recovery disk, Recovery & applications/Drivers dvd. Right now the Recovery disk will not recognize the drive and the computer does not recognize the new hard drive. Will installing XP also install the drivers at the same time? . Will XP install without getting the new drivers on the Recovery disk first?

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If you installed a new hard drive, you have to instaall the operating system as well.
Please see these two articles on how to do this:
Slipstream SP3 and EGSlipstream XP
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but unless I'm misunderstanding your post, you haven't installed XP.
If I'm missing something, what error are you getting at boot?

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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    efs_perpends Apr 18, 2009

    You can make a bootable slipstream SP3 cd that includes the new drivers if you wish. You will have to partition your new drive during setup. If you have already gone into the bios and set the computer to boot from the cd/dvd drive, perhaps this article describes your problem booting from the recovery cd.
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-200...


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When you install a new harddrive, it has no Operating System on it.
Windows XP and Windows Vista, are examples of an Operating System.

Each laptop manufacturer, has their own system of changing a laptop harddrive. Some allow you to press a key or two, to put the laptop in a state where it will save the basic Operating System files, and when you install the new harddrive, it will transfer them over to it.

Some laptop manufacturers do have this option.

You either have to take the harddrive out, install it into an external enclosure for a harddrive, (Uses a USB cable) Then attach the external enclosure via the USB cable, to another computer, and use a 'mirror' imaging program to save the Operating System to that computer.

Then the new harddrive is installed in that external enclosure, and the Operating System is 'mirrored' over to it.

Just information for you, as you cannot do this now with a crashed harddrive.
Your option now, is to buy a genuine copy of the Operating System you had on the laptop, and install it.
Not what you wanted to hear, huh?

You need to buy whatever version of Windows XP it had, (WinXP Home or WinXP Pro), or Windows Vista.
If it was Windows Vista, I suggest getting at least the Windows Vista Home Premium version.

I personally prefer Xp over Vista.
Tigerdirect.com, and Newegg.com, have these.
Look for Software>Operating Systems.

OR, you can simply put Ubuntu Linux on it for free.

Posted on Apr 16, 2009

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    joecoolvette Apr 16, 2009

    If you get time, I would appreciate a rating on this solution.

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    joecoolvette Apr 18, 2009

    XP will install without getting the drivers first. This is why it's best to download all needed drivers to a disk, and have them ready. XP will not have some of the needed drivers.

    Can you get into your BIOS Setup? (BIOS Setup utility) You may have to manually enter your harddrive's physical parameters.
    This will be the Cylinders, Heads and Sectors.
    This will be in Standard BIO Settings.

    You may see it listed on the top of your harddrive. It will be abbreviated.
    CHS.
    Example of how it may be listed: CHS 38383/16/63

    If you post back with the manufacturer drive name, model name, and model number, I could find this for you. Example of manufacturer name: WD or Western Digital. Example of model name: Caviar
    Example of model number: WD3200BD





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