I have two units, both with formated hard drives, both units have been tested and are known to be fully functional.
I have following hardware on hand, in working order: mini doc floppy drive USB keyboard
Generic USB CD rom drive, proved useless in DOS despite some promising tries to find and configure driver. I should have PCMCIA CD ROM drive in few days and am hoping to be able to initiate Windows setup by first booting to DOS from floppy drive and loading CD ROM support driver. Am I on the right track, what's missing and what should I be doing to get this done? Any help deeply appreciated, Vic
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Xp can only "See" a hard drive up to about 128GB, if its bigger than that, XP won't install.
Make sure your drive is properly connected, and jumper in the right place (1 drive, set to master) If it used to work before your problem, should be ok.
Then boot from your windows disk. If your bios is set to boot from the hard drive, if there's no operating system on your hard drive it can't boot.
If its set to boot from the hard drive first, it may, after a few seconds revert to booting from the disk drive. If not, while booting watch the screen, at the bottom it you should see "Press F2 for setup or F10 for boot options" or something similar. To temporarily change the settings, choose the boot options menu and select "Boot from CD". Restart and you should be on your way.
If that doesn't work, you may need a new hard drive.
This is in case you cannot boot into windows but you can get into bios:
Open your disk drive. Insert windows operating system disk into your disk drive. Restart your computer.
If you can get to the stage where you can see see bios entry key then
keep pressing whatever key it is that you press to get into bios at
Select the option that let's you choose the drive to boot from, mine is
in advanced bios options. then go to either something like bios features
or change boot drive.select whatever drive represents your CD-ROM drive
and select it to be the first boot drive.
then save exit bios, I do this by pressing escape then Y to save and boot from the rom drive.
This will let you restart your installation of windows and
re-format the drive...
If you can boot into windows:
Then either re-format the drive and delete the partition when you do or...
Run a recovery of the system by installing your disk and letting it get
to the stage wher it asks what action/task you want to perform and
press r when prompted then follow the prompts to repair the files. This
might not work though,
you could even try running a disk check as maybe a lucky chance of repair if you can get into windows.
If your PC keeps trying to boot from the CD drive after repair then
re-enter bios at start up and change your hard drive back to first boot
device to boot into windows.
It's better if you re-format though as repairing windows can be a little tricky.
Yu possibly have a virus You will need to format the hard drive and reload Windows if this doesn't work you will need a new hard drive. Try to "defragment the hard drive 1st. check the disk for errors.
You haven't said whether you installed Windows from the original factory discs which came with the laptop. If you haven't done that yet, open the cd tray and put the 1st disc in. Shut down the laptop. Reboot the laptop and it should boot off the disc and ask you if you want to "format" the hard drive. At this point you should be able to follow the on screen instructions until everything is loaded, including all hardware drivers. Any other software you had on your old drive will need to be reinstalled on this drive from the disc. If the software is old you may want to go to the appropriate website for the driver and download the newest version. That should complete your install. Let me know if you need more help.
you have to use a boot up disk or boot up to safe mode with command prompt and have a boot disk to format a drive that is XP or Me or Server2000 or 2004 or simply use your system install disk to format the drive before reinstalling system, you can do a destructive install which will allow you to format it that way. However I prefer to have a boot disk and boot to a windows 95 or 98se disk and boot to a floppy or a CD. Problem with this is if you have old drivers you will lose all driver information if you don't back up drivers. if you have old components it will be a pain in your backside to load all the new drivers.
The up side is you destroy all disk information including any identifying information on the disk you start with a Cleon disk and can add a disk partition to install your O.S. on and your drivers. This is not to hard to do but for a first time person you have to know the sequence to do it in. If you want to know how to do this let me know and I will give you the instructions in the exact order to do it the latter way. Thanks for using Fix-ya and hope this helps.
Hard drives are easy to replace, they are located in a separate compartment. Depending upon the model of your laptop, it could be located on the bottom or on the front or left or right hand side of the laptop. The hard drive may have an adapter connector that fits over the 44 data pins on the hard drive.
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After you install a new hard drive, you need to format the hard drive and install Windows on the hard drive plus the device drivers of the devices that are installed on the laptop eg. video, audio, modem, LAN and wireless etc.
If there are files on the drive that you need to recover, then do not format it. It sounds as though the computer that you put the drive into has an issue where the bios perhaps does recognize the drive correctly. Perhaps that can be corrected by updating the bios in the computer, and trying the drive again. Or you may want to put it back into the original computer, back up the files to other media, and then put the drive in the computer and re-partition.
What does the FDISK - "DISPLAY PARTITION INFORMATION" utility report? Do you have a copy of FDISK? If the partitoins in FDISK add up correctly, then it could just be that the data is corrupt, and windows is just unable to read. If that's the case, you should try a recovery application to restore your data..