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XP rebooting again and again

I have XP which has been runnning for long time. I took out the Hard drive cables and plugged another hard drive in it. Then i switched back the old hard drive and now my PC is just rebooting again and again when it comes to the Window XP screen. Please help

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Hello my friend,this is probably hardware or windows error and keeps booting.So to figure if its windows or hardware error we must disable this option(restarting again and again).To see the error so we can continue to find a solution you must tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the start-up menu while you booting and "Disable automatic restart on system failure" so the next time you are going to boot the "blue screen of death" will appear saying the error.Just tell me the error to continue for your solution.

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Do you now have both hard drives plugged in? You must have the Master hard drive in the IDE1 slot and the second hard drive jumpered to cable select and put on the IDE2 slot. As you are looking at the cable from the open side of the computer, the IDE cable connected to the hard drive should have the red stripe towards you. The end of the ribbon cable should be plugged into the primary hard drive, with the second hard drive plugged into the second plug on the ribbon cable. On the hard drive there should be a diagram for how to jumper each hard drive for primary or cable select.

NOTE: You cannot put a hard drive into the computer and expect it to boot, even if it has an operating system on it. The OS must be installed onto the hard drive after being installed into the system.

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