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I have a used hp a305W that I swapped my hdd into but the bios won't read my xp disk(or the old disk with the recovery file in it). What is the bios settings for an uninitialized drive

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It is very doubtfull that you could get a HD with a windows installation to boot into another PC,

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How do I do a factory reset on a Compaq Presario v5000 (edited for errors)

its PC,
PC have many layers, of resets. (not counting lost BIOS passwords of any kind,, that adds to the list , )
layer 1, is BIOS reset, seen clearly in the BIOS pages.
says there, go back to factory defaults (just BIOS)
layer, 2: windows, but you never said which one? XP,Vista, W7/8/10?

To reset windows, there is no such thing, in windows at all.
ask MS that and get that answer, (then tells how, with media)
That means the actual windows, running has no reset.
(but one can spend a week or life time cleaning it....)

what does this RESET, is the HP recovery process.
AKA: reLOADING windows from scratch.

the next step for me is carbon dating your PC,
it's 12 years old now, 2006
but that is the CUSP year that HP started doing F11 KEY recoveries.

so that means i must read the manual to you
here goes.
bingo Page B12. see link at end, 1st google hit, btw.
power on and hammer F11, key verbatim.
this works and takes you back to 2006 with all data gone (yours)
and all added APPS gone, not HP apps there DAY1, those be OK
(reality 101)
now how can this fail, sure, easy as cherry pie it can
here is the list.
  • you changed out the HDD from 2006 to now,
  • you upgraded the PC OS not using HP disks or HP media kits. (boom)
  • your HDD is bad. run full disk tests now. most this old are bad
  • the HDD partition called HP recovery is damaged. super common on 12 year old PC.
  • the PC is sick, (huge list here , hardware!!)

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I need to repair XP in my HP xw4600 . F10 at start shows all boot devices but with key F9 only the hard drive is available

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HP mini 110-1025DX act as though it has no OS. Start up: POST, display shows three options F9, F10, or F12. Cannot access BIOS due to missing password. Owner states a virus has been downloaded (pop up...

2009 PC, getting old,
it's not a virus in the BIOS ROM, sorry but is not.!
it had stinking XP on it, so the virus magnet did is it always does.
XP has over 700 exploits, end rant, upgrade it .

the way to trouble shoot any notebook or laptop is get the big battery out. first. unplug it. if BIOS asks ODD. or dead.
then make sure the coin cell reads 2.9v to 3.3v, less is bad.'

then BIOS works, seems it does, just someone set the silly PW.
and is BIOS password locked
HP has a fix for this PW lock, and secret unlock, see last link below.

bad HDD , run linux boot disk test.
can you boot to usb stick with F9 or is F9 bios locked
wish I could see it , or you tell all things that work or not.

if bios f9 key works must how would you get to Gparted,
my guess is you did boot to LINUX media and ran Gparted.
so that leaves what?.
F11 is dead, recovery part, erased. RIP XP for ever, yea.
the OS is dead,? but hdd dead makes OS dead. so...
so run the linux disk test and smart test first.
if that passes then and only now can load the OS from HP media.
next buy a new OS and install it of HDD is ok
if not , new HDD and new OS time.
i use UBUNTU disk (is use a usb stick iso linux), then boot it and click LIVE UBUNTU. yah.
and then run disk test.

like here.

the Pw reset is here,
the real HP is here the real deal ask them,

they ask for service tag data.!!!

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Hi, I have a HP NX6310 notebook with Win Xp Pro installed. I need to reformat it after it was heavily virused, and reinstall Win Xp but without the recovery disks I am rather helpless. The recovery...

You can't see any HDD's when trying to install because your BIOS system was set the IDE controller to an AHCI, you can set this to native IDE and windows XP setup will read a HDD's..
If you need set the IDE controller to AHCI you need Intel AHCI controller driver for your system, you can see it during installation process to press F6, you must use floppy diskette and put the driver onto it.
Another way to install AHCI driver is Integrate the driver into Windows Installation directory..See here for more details..

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Sony laptop model# pcg-8112L. if press on power bottom. laptop screen come on. but laptop not start up. screen only show ing on a message" operated system not found". that " s message...

Boot into bios to verify system can see the hard drive. If system shows drive in bios and you are using windows xp or later try using the recovery console options by tapping F8 repeatedly to enter menu. , if you have one. If no recovery console...use either the recovery disks created by the system administrator or the original install disk to attempt a repair option on the boot of windows.
Your hard drive might have damage or the OS my be missing or might have to re-install the system.

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Can I increase RAM by using some hard drive space

No. XP already does this (simulating RAM on disk) with the swap file. You can override the system settings for swap file size but usually auto is okay. In any case, disks are horribly slow compared to RAM so you're far better off putting more physical RAM in. You'll see a very noticeable increase in speed if your system is currently swapping out a lot.

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Can't see HDD on boot BIOS does not see any HDD. only wants to boot from a networked sys to get os. How can I change the BIOS to recognize a drive with XP installed on it, without a boot disk. Pg. 2 in...

If the BIOS doesn't recognize the drive then there's a problem with the drive itself.

You'll need to swap it out with a new one. I'd recommend hooking up the old drive to a usb enclosure to double check whether the drive works or not.

OR you can just swap it out with the new one and reinstall the os.

Let me know if you have any questions, I specialize in data recovery ;)

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Default administrator on xp home ed sp1 preloaded on HPA305W hp system

Default after installing XP with HP Recovery CD's (or from hard disk) the administrator account is not password protected. Maybe a password was asked during installation or first-time login?

You can always redo the recovery.

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My hpdv6000 recovery got stuck at 98% and showed 5 mins remaining then after 15-30 mins it moved to 99% and still showing 5mins! its been 30 mins no action seems its stuck. I started the process by going...

Hello Humanold,

Please check the following recovery steps:

Full recovery by using recovery partition:

1. Reboot the notebook PC.
2. Keep tapping F11 when the Compaq logo displays.
3. When the Recovery Manager appears, click Next.
4. When prompted to use the Microsoft System Restore program, select No and click Next.
5. When prompted to use the System Recovery, select Yes and click Next.
6. Select the option to perform the recovery without backing up files and click Next.
7. Upon completion of the process, recovery will display "The PC Recovery was successfully completed".
The recovery process will return your PC to the factory image.

Full recovery by using recovery disks:

1. Open the disc drive door and turn off the PC.
2. Insert the first Recovery disc in the disc drive and close the door.
3. Press the power button to turn on the PC.
4. The HP Recovery Manager window appears during the boot process.
If the HP Recovery Manager can access the hard drive, a prompt is displayed to backup the user files before continuing the recovery.
If the HP Recovery Manager cannot access the hard drive to fix the system errors, the HP Recovery Manager will overwrite all the data and reconfigure the entire hard drive to its original condition.

5. Follow the prompts to insert any additional recovery discs in the disc drive.

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