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Re: not indicating hard drive
Usually a hard drive needs to be recognized by the bios (small programe chip on the motherboard) check to see if the hard drive is listed there (if not try a seek by settings to auto ) if the harddrive is recognized but not partitionned or formatted it depends on the operations system you want to install
it is also so that for installing the OS on to the harddrive you temporairilly have to change to boot settings and usually the OS dics has to be bootable .
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Im assuming you have an installation or a recovery disk Insert the Windows install disk for your version of Windows and reboot the PC. With the computer unable to find the operating system on the hard drive, it may skip automatically to the next possible boot device, which should be the CD or DVD-ROM drive. Some systems may be configured to boot to that source first, and others may not be configured to roll over to the next device at all. When in doubt, there should be an option to select boot device when the computer is first powered on (the F12 key on most Dell computers) and you can boot straight to the optical drive from there. Press any key when prompted to boot to the install disk, then follow the on-screen instructions. You'll want to try to perform a repair on the existing Windows install, which you will get to by first selecting a new install of Windows. Select to install a new operating system, and the install package will look to see if Windows is already installed. If it finds the existing install, the installer should give you a chance to perform a repair of what's currently on the hard drive, replacing corrupted files with clean ones from the install disk. If the Windows installer does not detect an existing Windows install on the hard drive, then the hard drive itself may be at fault. Replace the hard drive and repeat the first few steps to install Windows from scratch. The original hard drive is likely corrupted or otherwise broken, and may not be recoverable at all, outside of an expensive, third-party data retrieval service.
1. you will need to know 1st that the hard drive you are installing is compatible with the desktop. 2. Is the hard drive compatible with the new Operating system (VISTA). 3. Check to see if you have the hard drive properly inserted that is properly cabled and connected.This will render error in installation. 4. Make sure you are installing the Operating system correctly. 5. Some boot sectors become corrupt during a change in Operating system if the hard drive is not properly formatted. 6. Try formatting the hard drive again and re-installing.
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Sir, you can upgrade your Hard to 80/120 but, it will work, but due to old BIOS systems, you may get false indications under your BIOS that a 20 or 40GB hard is attached, but the Operating System(Windows) will detect it perfectly, BUT YES do remember that you can only attach DMA/ATA(66) IDE Hard Drives, its a technical term but you should know it.
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You can't transfer the operating system. You have to reinstall it on the new hard drive. Most of the time the disks that come with a computer are just restore disks. Without the restore partition that comes on the hard drive that came with the computer, those disks are usually useless. Or if you want, you can keep both hard drives, and just setup the jumper settings on the hard drives so that the old hard drive is the primary, and the new one is the secondary. Then you will still have the operating system and you will use the new hard drive for storage.
Wayneard is correct. When you install a brand new hard drive as the ONLY hard drive in the computer, there is no operating system loaded. The computer will try to boot from the hard drive and stop. Switch your boot order to have the CD boot first, and be sure you have the operating system installation CD in your CD drive.
Also, double check your hard drive connections. Be sure it is in the "master" position on the hard drive cable. If there is a connection problem, the system will complain after CD start that there is no hard drive available to install the operating system on!
It sounds like your pc is trying to boot from the formatted hard drive. Go into your BIOS and make sure both the hard drive and CD drive are detected. Make sure your CD drive is set as the first boot drive and disable all other drives for booting.
no sir,,u have reinstall the windows 98 in the swapped hard drive coz only when they gets installed registeries r set,,once u install the windows 98 continue installing the system driver n everyhting will be functioning fantastic
You hard drive has drivers and was set to a different computer, thus enviroment. To make that hard drive work on your new computer - the Operating System will have to have a repair done to it - if you do a repair - you will not lose any docs or email, but, you will have to re-install programs to see the re-done Operating System, then you will have to load all the drivers that operate your new dell computer - if the new dell was not designed for XP and only vista - it will never read that Hard Drive till you install Vista on it.