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Compaq d540s hard disk upgrade

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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Jackwan -

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.

*Note*
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.

Hope this helps!
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