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Bad Harddrive I was asked to fix a Compaq nx9010 for a friend. The only thing it would do at the time was say, "Operating System not found." 1. I removed the harddrive and attached it to a desktop machine. Not recognized. 2. I ordered a new harddrive installed it and loaded WinXP. No problems with the install until the machine was supposed to boot to the harddrive. "Operating System not found" The XP installation still sees a 28 GB disk with an XP installation on c:\windows. The BIOS hard drive self test says, "NO IDE Device." 3. I flashed the BIOS upgrading from F.21 to F.25. No change. Any suggestions for step 4?

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  • CommEd Apr 11, 2008

    Sorry, I've been busy shoveling snow.



    digiteyes: Both drives are IDE.



    pagebor: When you say check the cables I assume you mean inside the case. I haven't opened the case yet. I do not have much experience opening notebook cases. I removed the twenty odd screws on the bottom of the case. There was still something holding the case inside and I couldn't determine what it was.

  • CommEd Apr 11, 2008

    The notebook is several years old so I assumed it is IDE. How can I determine IDE Vs. SATA?

  • CommEd Apr 12, 2008

    Yes, the BIOS settings. I had looked at the IDE setting [NONE] several times not realizing that it was changeable. As soon as I changed it to [AUTO] Voila! Thank you!!

  • jamps7 Mar 12, 2009

    say operating sytem not found

  • protector1 Apr 01, 2009

    i have the same problem with my portable laptop he doesn`t recognize my operating sistem and i can`t enter in the bios he is..

  • digiteyes May 11, 2010

    Are the original and new drives IDE or SATA?

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Can you just clarify that you installed XP with the new IDE drive installed in the notebook and that you have selected disc 0 in the bios as IDE and that it is aslo set to boot from that drive?

What you are describing also fits the symptoms of installing XP on a SATA drive without installing SATA drivers first. (XP doesn't install SATA drivers, Vista does.)

So this does sound like a bios setting issue

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  • digiteyes Apr 11, 2008

    I wasn't saying it 'is' a SATA drive, just that the symptom you are describing is common when trying to install XP on a SATA drive.



    If I recall correctly, that model notebook did ship with an IDE drive.



    The type will be on the label on the drive.



    What is the make/model of the new drive you installed?



    What are the current bios settings?

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Please check your cables and try with new one.check the bios setting

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