This small format computer has an internal 40g hard disk, I am trying to upgrade it to an 80g hard disk. This 80g hard disk is an working disk and it is recognized in the BIOS of the d530s as 80g hd, but I cannot boot from this hard disk into windows. I have tried to reinstall windows xp pro sp2 and it went well, but no matter what I do, I just cannot boot from the 80g HD. I can put it into an USB box and access the file from the 80g HD, but I cannot boot from it either.
I am an experienced computer user and have installed many computers myself or professionally. However, I am stoked.
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Re: compaq d540s hard disk upgrade
Sounds like the boot record of the drive may be corrupt. When you runs the XP installation, you'll be given an option to start the Recovery Console. Go ahead and open that, should bring up a command prompt. At the prompt, type "fix mbr" (With the quotes removed). Select Yes or Continue when asked, and go through the repair process, then reboot the system and try installing Windows again.
You might want to check first, make sure the jumpers on the hard drive are set to Master, or Cable Select, and make sure the drive is connected as Drive 0 on the Primary IDE channel.
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You probably used software to "clone" the "old" disk-drive to the "new" disk-drive. So, the "new" drive is an *EXACT* image of the 40GB drive.
Point to My Computer
Click with the SECOND (usually the RIGHT) mouse-button.
Double-click Disk Management (local)
You'll see that the "last" 120GB on the new disk are "unallocated".
Use that "disk-cloning" software to "resize" the 40GB partition on the new disk-drive, to integrate that "unallocated" space into the current partition.
Or, right-mouse click on that "unallocated" space, and create a partition within that space, and to "format" that space, and to assign a drive-letter (E: ? F: ?) to that 120GB of disk-space.
Try to go to this site and use the compatibility tool and see if that points you in the right direction. Although it won't mess up your system to install the wrong ram it could be a costly mistake to order the wrong ram.
Well I would recommend upgrading your RAM to 2 GB (Your standard model comes with 1/4 of that) and a 250 GB drive. The RAM would cost you about $80 in parts and perhaps $30 labour and the hard drive should be about $60 in parts and $20 labour. I don't recommend upgrading processors as it can cause warranty problems down the road.
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When you installed windows 2000, (If you formatted the entire drive during install), you might have taken out the small partition that holds data for a system restore. No version of windows likes
you going backwards. In order for you're system restore CD's to work you'll need to format the hard disk drive. Windows will not install if Windows 2000 is found on the drive. The fastest way to get Windows 2000 off the drive without deleting any other partitions Compaq installed would be to go to the hard disk drives manufacture's site & download their setup tools/utilities. You'll be able to creat a bootable floppy disk that will function in a dos-like mode out side of windows. You'll be able to format the Windows 2000 partition. Once that is done you will be able to incert the restore CD (s) & install Compaqs windows XP.
You may need to pull the drive in order to see who made the drive. EX; Seagate, Smsung, Maxtor ect. Here is the link for Seagate. http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools Every manufacture has similar bootable floppy software. Read the instruction provided by the manufacture on how to create the floppy disk & how to run it.
Last time this happened to me, I had to reformat and reinstall windows. I tried all those modes, and I even tried the windows repair. None of that worked, I just did a complete new install. All of the data will be lost, if you do this.
My advice, if you need some of the data on that hard drive, you need to hook the drive up to another computer and backup what you need.
Or buy another hard drive, install windows on the new drive. Now slave the old and backup the data.