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Fitted new hard drive my old one stoped working but it says no opperating system found

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Hello, when you buy a new hard drive you have to install your own operating system. The Hard drive is blank from the factory.

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First thing you need to try is remove all disks from the computer, CD's, DVD's, Media Cards, External Harddrives, Floppy disks or USB drives.

Any of these could be attempting to boot and causing the error. If you remove all of these and still get the same error, either the hard drive in your laptop or the installation of windows is damaged.

If the installation is damaged, you can restore the system using the factory set of Recovery disks from Toshiba but this will wipe out any files and programs you have saved on the computer.

If you try this and it fails, the hard drive is likely faulty and will need to be replaced, then the Recovery set can be used to set up the computer using the new hard drive.

Either way if you do have important files on the drive and need them back you may need to send the drive to a pro for Data Recovery. If so comment back here and I will get you contact info for one of the companies I use.


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