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I loaded a new, Windows XP formatted IDE in a 570e-then nothing

I loaded a new, Windows XP formatted IDE hard drive into an IBM Thinkpad 570e, and it's not doing anything. Is there a BIOS reset procedure or something I don't know about?
The computer recognizes it, I see it on the bios startup menu, but all I get after the bios menu is a black screen with a blinking cursor.
It's the only hard drive and it's already formatted so the cd drive shouldn't matter(?), though I cloned the HDD from a dell computer

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  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    I suppose I can't wipe it in the IBM the way it is? Seems too easy. I have to do that externally?

  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    It doesn't even go that far-the XP disc hasn't even showed up onscreen. Maybe on another IBM 570E?

  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    It's going now, thanks again!!!

  • Donovan Merrill
    Donovan Merrill Sep 07, 2009

    It is, and I am. I wish I'd used that reasoning 5 hours ago. I appreciate the advice, and someone gave me the same just 15 minutes ago

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Well the formatting must have been different! try dropping the partition and format using the pc you are installing it on

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Using the operating system from one computer in the way you describe will just not work.

You need to wipe the drive and start from the beggining with the drive installed in the computer / laptop you intend to use it in.

Then boot from the XP cd and start installation from there.

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    Project NOMAD Sep 07, 2009

    The windows installation will offer to do it for you but let it do the FULL format (OK its as slow as a slug but it is better)



    tell it its a new installation and tell it your drive and when it come up select the format options



    you will be glad you did in the long run.

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    Project NOMAD Sep 07, 2009

    and yes you can leave it in unless its a SATA drive in which case you need a floppy drive with the SATA drivers on it and then you press F6 during the dos part of the setup (watch bottom of screen)

    then in a few moments it will ask you for them

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