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Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware."

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Re: new hard drive to install windows sayind

If you have not checked these(I am sure you have probably gone through this or don't need to but just in case)

First thing is first you have installed a new hard disk, is this the only hard disk installed. If Yes, does the bios recognize it? If Yes, is it bootable. Meaning is there a working copy of windows installed? If not reinstall from windows installation disk. If Yes, you may still have to reinstall windows you can use the windows installation disk as well.

This sounds like an issue that I had taking a hard drive from one computer and placing it in a brand new one. This message sounds like windows is damaged. I had to reinstall windows and leave the file system intact. There is an option to do this. If you feel comfortable you can always use a boot disk and check the boot .ini to make sure that it has the correct path for windows written in that may be the issue there. This file is hidden in the root directory of the drive.

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Operating system not found

An Operating System Not Found error typically crops up in the start-up cycle for a computer, before Windows has had a chance to load. The computer is letting you know that there is a problem with that normal start-up cycle, and it has come at a point where it would be expecting Windows to take over from the BIOS--the software built in to your computer's motherboard.

The hardware that you are trying to access is damaged or failing.

The device drivers for the hardware are faulty or incompatible. There is a connection problem such as a bad cable for internal hard drives
Test all power and data leads that attach to your hard drive IDE,SATA
the leads from your MOTHERBOARD TO THE HARD DRIVE make sure they have a secure dust free connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty if its a flat 40pin ide this will be the first to fail Make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd \ cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs power and data to travel through every working device and continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error. If this fails to fix the problem Insert the Windows install disk for your version of Windows and reboot the PC. With the computer unable to find the operating system on the hard drive, it may skip automatically to the next possible boot device, which should be the CD or DVD-ROM drive. Some systems may be configured to boot to that source first, and others may not be configured to roll over to the next device at all. When in doubt, there should be an option to select boot device when the computer is first powered on (the F12 key on most Dell computers) and you can boot straight to the optical drive from there. Press any key when prompted to boot to the install disk, then follow the on-screen instructions. You'll want to try to perform a repair on the existing Windows install, which you will get to by first selecting a new install of Windows. Select to install a new operating system, and the install package will look to see if Windows is already installed. If it finds the existing install, the installer should give you a chance to perform a repair of what's currently on the hard drive, replacing corrupted files with clean ones from the install disk. If the Windows installer does not detect an existing Windows install on the hard drive, then the hard drive itself may be at fault. Replace the hard drive and repeat the first few steps to install Windows from scratch. The original hard drive is likely corrupted or otherwise broken, and may not be recoverable at all, outside of an expensive, third-party data retrieval service. Hope this helps


Dec 11, 2012 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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I switched my IDE hard drive into another computer that is a little more up to date. computer boots, passes post, shows these options " safe mode, safe mode with networking and command prompt. start...

As the Windows installation is installed on the first computer hardware configuration and now it is moved to another computer hardware configuration, ie another computer. It will not work as Microsoft prohibits moving/changing hardware configurations to the extent of another computer system.

In your case you will have to return the hard drive to your original computer and then backup your files. Then this hard drive needs to be formatted, all data will be lost. Then the hard drive can be install in the better computer and a fresh installation may be performed. However you will need to read the terms and conditions of your Windows License Agreement to see if this is indeed possible.

With regards to the DVD drive, it needs to be connected on the IDE2 port, right at the end of the IDE bus/ribbon. There are 3 positions a longer length and 2 shorter lengths.
Long side plugs into the mainboard, the middle one is left open and the shorter end one is plugged into your DVD Drive.
Ensure that the jumper located between the power and IDE port of the DVD drive is set to the Master Position. The details can be found on the label on top of the DVD drive.

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Mar 15, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Hello meynardot, for the CPU to: Find the OS!

Follow these instructions
To get the Computer to "Boot into the 'OS,' and Loading Windows."
  • Restart the Computer
  • Next, just before the [Page] that you mentioned, "Displays," {Press the F12} button.
  • This will open the "Boot Menu:" [Priority Boot Sequence] window.
  • There will be a "list" of (Devices), Optical Drive / CD, SATA / HardDisk Drive, or USB...
  • I do not know the "Configuration of your Operating System" or the Drive: that "holds the Boot [NTLDR] files.
  • It may also hold the "Master Boot Record" or Boot.ini file?
  • So, what you need to do is give the Drives a "Priority Boot Sequence," meaning , you will 'place' the Drives in the 'order' of Bootup [First] listings.
  • You will use the {Arrow buttons} to 'move the "Drives."
  • More than 'likely' it will be the (*Optical Drive / SATA or Hard Disk Drive}.
  • Try each, and hopefully the Computer will make it to "Windows," and you can "Login!"

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Mar 07, 2011 | Operating Systems

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Message says that there is insuffient memory when trying to install or run Windoes 98Se on machine with 2MB Ram

Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 98:
1. 486DX 66 megahertz (MHz) or faster processor (Pentium central processing unit recommended).
2. 16 megabytes (MB) of memory (24 MB recommended).
3. Hard disk space may range from between 120 MB and 295 MB, depending on your computer configuration and the options that you choose to install.
4. A full install of Windows 98 on a FAT16 drive requires 225 MB of free hard disk space, but may range from between 165 MB and 355 MB, depending on your computer configuration and that options that you choose to install.
5. A full install of Windows 98 on a FAT32 drive requires 175 MB of free hard disk space, but may range from between 140 MB and 255 MB, depending on your computer configuration and the options that you choose to install.
6. One 3.5-inch high-density floppy disk drive.
7. VGA or higher resolution (16-bit or 24-bit color SVGA recommended).

If your PC does not meet the above minimium requirements, you are bound to get errors popup installing or running software.

Hope it helps.

Oct 30, 2010 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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I need to reformat a dead harddrive

Hi there !!

Method 1: Perform a clean install of Windows XP loadTOCNode(2, 'resolution'); A clean installation consists of removing all data from your hard disk by repartitioning and reformatting your hard disk and reinstalling the operating system and programs to an empty (clean) hard disk. For more information about important things to consider before you partition and format you hard disk and how to partition and format your hard disk by using the Windows XP Setup program, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 313348 ( ) How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP To perform a clean installation of Windows XP, follow these steps:
  1. Back up all important information before you perform a clean installation of Windows XP. Save the backup to an external location, such as a CD or external hard disk.
  2. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.

    Note To boot from your Windows XP CD, the BIOS settings on your computer must be configured to do this.
  3. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
  4. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
  5. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP.
  7. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the Windows XP Setup.
If you have successfully installed Windows XP, you are finished. If these steps did not help you install Windows XP, go to the "Next Steps" section.

Here's the link that contains the screen shots as well:

Try these steps & hopefully you will be able to format the Harddrive.

Anurag Shukla

Sep 03, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Operating system not found

You can't insert a Hard drive from another PC because when it was installed on the old PC it was setup to work with the hardware for that particular computer.

You will need to reinstall a fresh copy of windows on it to make it work with the new PC it's in.Boot from CD run windows setup, format the drive then do a fresh install.

This should fix the problem, if you have any new info or need further help with any of that post back. Thank you for choosing Fixya!

May 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Vista on my toshiba laptop not updating,

Check your processor, hard disk, and memory / graphics
against this list.

Recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista loadTOCNode(2, 'summary'); The following list describes the recommended minimum hardware requirements for basic functionality of the different editions of Windows Vista. Actual hardware requirements will vary, depending on system configuration and on the programs and the features that you install. If you install Windows Vista over a network, additional hard disk space may be required. Windows Vista Home Basic
  • 800-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 800-MHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 512 megabytes (MB) of system memory
    Note On system configurations that use system memory as graphics memory, at least 448 MB of system memory must be available to the operating system after some memory is allocated for graphics.
  • DirectX 9-class graphics card
  • 32 MB of graphics memory
  • 20-gigabyte (GB) hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate
  • 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • Windows Aero-capable graphics card

    Note This includes a DirectX 9-class graphics card that supports the following:
    • A WDDM driver
    • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
    • 32 bits per pixel
  • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
  • 40-GB hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space (the 15GB of free space provides room for temporary file storage during the install or upgrade.)
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability
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Jan 25, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Xp pro not all of my gbs

it could be multiple problems :
first your system doesnt has the software to display more gb,normally there is a software that comes with the hard drive to install it, if you dont have it, you can google the website of hard disk company for it

eg seagate maxtor have their s/w which is free downloadable

secondly your system needs to be configured to display the new drive, go to systems tool administrative tools computer management tool options and u can view the hard drive and format it or create new partitions to display it

let me know if this works


Jan 04, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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