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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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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

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Sorry for my ignorance, first off, I performed a back up on my HP compaq tc4400, unfortunately I dont have enough momery. . after the back up. . as windows started, something appeared it says, ...

Backups do NOT Erase files ever, well if not done backwards?
NO OS stated, how can any one help lacking that.
TC4400 hard ware. ONLY !

no boot, the HDD will not boot , unstated windows, or is it linux?>
windows what.?
sounds XP like to me...
the book on your PC tells you to use restore to fix, bad loaders.
startup repair its called, on mine its F11.
on Vista back is F10. this key activates

here is what came new.
HP Compaq tc4400 Tablet PC
it came with Windows 2000,XP or Vitsta
its so old it has a SQUARE scree, 4:5 ratio.
the carbon date is as old as, 2006
It is still supported by HP due to it was made for all those years.
and the 10 year clock is not timed out yet on support.s
the books are still on line and the drivers too.

see these books>

does BIOS work, press F10 at power on, see BIOS screens
this is first,
then the BIOS then boots the HDD, C: boots.
to repair a good HDD, startup one runs this.

F11 is your hot key, for HP recovery /restore.
page 188 here is the page (PDFPAGE) to read.

the books says, on that page follow the onscreen instructions
it says that to cop out, as there are 3 OS used, here.
each uses different screens
I too cop out, not doing all 3 now for you.
next time say what OS is there.

on the bottom of said PC
is a COA sticker on said sticker is the MS license
clearly stating what OS is there. (was there day 1)
but if someone upgraded this PC, then the sticker is a lie.

oops but you killed the HDD totally dead of all partitions did you not? Sanitized, word, used.
no name of disk used, my guess is MIL spec erase.

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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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Replacing HDD in ACER 2920Z

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New HDD inserted into Pavilion ZD7000 - will not boot from XP CD

Try your old HDD in it and see if that works. If it does work then nothing is damaged except your DVD drive/Controller. Try putting the new HDD in another computer, installing windows then putting it back in the HP. If all else fails then flash the bios with an updated image and see if that rectifies the problem.

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try getting into the bios and setting it to boot normally, turn off fast booting if its an option thats on, also, set your CD drive as the first boot devioce, then hard drive. Save and reboot, have CD in drive and just start hitting the F10 key as soon as it starts up, usually you hear a Beep when it detects that you are hitting the key for the boot options. HP pavilions where made to start and skip through the Post Process quickly to limit waitnig time, of course this sux when you want to boot from a cd.

You could try remove ing the BIOS Battery off the board and unplugging the system, wait a minute for it to discharge and put it back in, power it up and see if it lets you boot from CD.

Your bassically resetting the BIOS to factory defaults.

Also, i dont recomend buying HP Pavilions. i wokred on three seperate ones that a customer thought was a New machine ( this was back in 2001 ) but all the parts where 1995 parts, which means wghen they tried to upgrade to windows XP, XP doesnt have any generic drivers for hardware that old so nothing worked and yuo cant find any driver online that are that old.

Good luck anyway.

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