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How to install a new disc drive - Gateway GT5408 PC Desktop

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    its a compaq presario C306 notebook

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I can not open disc drive to insert CD , can not locate were to open csc drive

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Recovery discs won't install windows on new hard drive


sad to say but probably have to buy a new operating system disk .

May 13, 2015 | HP PC Desktops

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Need to load xp on gateway


Do you have a full installation disc or an Upgrade version of XP? The full install should give you an option for partitioning and formatting the new hard drive as part of the installation process. From Microsoft, read this page for details:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 . You may need some additional drivers if you have a SATA hard drive. More screen shots and details are here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_03.htm .

An alternative way of dealing with the problem may be to use a third-party Partition Manager software (Symantec's Partition Magic, Paragon's Partition Manager). Paragon's site is
http://www.partition-manager.com/ . This site has various levels of Partition Management software (with different features available in the more expensive versions). You'll need the bootable CD version of the software (recovery disc, .iso) to do the partitioning.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(I thought the upgrade version could also be done to a new hard disc including the partitioning; all you needed was a Win OS disc from an earlier version to prove qualifying ownership.)

Feb 20, 2010 | Gateway 700 X PC Desktop

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Want to comp re format hard drive and then install


well if u have windows 7 disc, then u can use that to boot the computer from the disc n then it will give u option to format the hard drive and install the new os.

u will have to boot the computer from the windows 7 bootable disc.

Nov 01, 2009 | Dell Optiplex 740 Desktop Desktop Computer...

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It doesnt rcognise the recovery disc 1 year ago my son formatted the hard drive soi installed windows xp from a new disc, and it worked fine untill now when th pc ceased to work properly. so i put the xp...


probably ur cd/dvd rom drive is down or the cd frm where u r installing is corrupted..copy it from elsewhere n try..or try downloading....
..contact ur system admin/vendor....

Oct 27, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Tried to do a recovery on my compaq the first


If you did not install a new drive and you are just trying to reinstall windows you may still ba able to do this by using the F10 F11 or F12 key during startup depending on the model. This is if you have a Vista or Newer XP machine. This should give you the choice of reinstalling windows from the secondary partition.
If this is a new drive, try installing with only one stick of ram if you have more than one stick. You may be having a problem with ram.
Hope this helps...

Sep 20, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario SR2013WM (RE468AA#ABA)...

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Software disc


You need your original installation disc(s), or start up the machine and hold down the f8 key and then, 1st boot on the last known good.
2nd, reboot holding down the f8 key and then try the restore method. Most machines have a 4 to 10 gig partitioned on the C drive which holds your restore partition. Else, if you have the orginal OS disc, put it in your cd reader, it will come up with the start up screen for installation. when you get to the install window say OK, then when the window comes up you should have a choice of intalling new or repairing the hard drive ... repair the hard is the correct choice. This should work if there isn't a hard drive problem, or your hit with a virus, or that the hard drive has a bad boot mbr.

Jun 17, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Can't install WINDOWS.


Install the XP Pro first, install the necessary drivers etc. Then after that load the other disk for windows XP Home install it choose the drive to install the OS, install the necessary drivers etc. you will see two operating system while going to boot section of the computer.

Mar 11, 2009 | Dell Dimension 8400 PC Desktop

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Computer DVD/CD Drive does not recognise any discs


The most likely cause is a faulty DVD drive. Replacing the DVD drive is fairly simple.

You can buy a new one online for around $25 including shipping. If you need help finding a drive or installing a drive, I can help with that. Just let me know.

Jan 08, 2009 | NEC PC Desktops

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Hard drive replacement w/system restore disc


After installing the new hard drive, you'll need to boot the computer from the recovery disk and follow the instructions to format the drive and install windows. You'll also need to install drivers from the driver disk after Windows is up and running. If the computer won't boot from the recovery disk, you'll need to access the "setup" utility and set the CDROM drive as the first boot device. To access the setup utility, press the Delete key after turning on the power. I hope this helps!

Mar 11, 2008 | Dell Dimension 8200 PC Desktop

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