I have a Compaq 5002US that's missing the hard drive. I've tried replacing with no luck as I can't find the correct drivers to get it to see the hard drive. I can't see putting a buch of money into this as it's only an 800 MHZ computer. Anybody know were I can get some kind of boot disk for this for free? Thank you Eric
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There is a chance you received a new bad hard drive. I've seen this with server drives, but never at desktop level. I would not accept, but HP might ask you to do some testing or load an update. I forget. Good Luck replacing again
If the new drive was a drive that is brand new, the system must initialize it first, before it can place a system on it. Also, it must be configured as either slave, if piggy back to the one installed or master if it is a replacement or on its own controller lead. Run Discmanagement to initialize the drive before formatting. Hope that helps.
re-formatting the drive erased the loader from the drive..
NTLDR is the boot loader that comes with all versions of windows.
You will now have to reinstall everything, including the raid driver if this is on a SATA drive..
Have you enabled USB keyboard support in the bios..?
You may have to use a PS2 type keyboard to do this..
try re-installing the operating system from the original disk, if you dont have the disk, there may be a recovery partition hidden on the drive.
If all else fails, either go to the compaq website and request a recovery disk be mailed out to you ( but dont hold out much hope as compaq dont like doing this), try and find the setup file on the hidden partition if it has one.. or, purchase your own copy of Windows and re-install it yourself. you may need to visit the compaq website to get all the drivers for the mainboard if they dont install with windows.
go to www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000465.htm for a faily good explanation of what may be happening..