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Put in new hard drive now have no operating system!

I just put in a new 120 gb hard drive where the old one fried but I don't have any thing from toshiba whereas all was preinstalled. What do I need to do to get this thing working again. It is telling me it is missing the operating system.

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You need a restore cd that would have come withe the laptop. Otherwise you'll need to install an O/S

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Is the system dead or will it turn on?

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Trying to install wd1200beve-00wzt0,a 120 gig hard drive in a compaq presario 2100.But in the bios it states thier is no hard drive in it even thou it seems to install win xp but reboots to say no...

Hi there ...

I am going to help you ... don't get mad ... read to the end ... then decide. Deal?

You don't have any idea what you are doing do you?

You bought a new hard drive - took out the old one - inserted the new one and are now wondering why it will not work.

My friend, there is lots more to this than you know.

First off - you don't need to be in the BIOS. You don't need to know about CMOS nor POST. Somethnig you MUST be familiar with before you touch another screw is you MUST follow static electricity precautions. Failure to do this WILL result in the death of your computer!!!!!!!!!!

The BIOS does not "read" the drive... the function of the BIOS is to take attendance and let the class know who is present and where they are seated (if I may use that metiphore). Once attendance is taken and everyone is in place, BIOS performs a POST and following POST, Win.exe takes over, thanking BIOS for its work. Then Win.exe loads the OS into memory (not BIOS)

Who said you could run a 120 gig hard drive? That is a long way from your old 40. It may work it may not work in your computer. You may have to partician the physical device into two virtual devices. And you probably don't have any idea what I'm talking about. I would love to teach you but this is not the place and, according to the website rules, it is impossible for us to do that somewhere else (violates the user agreement of the site).

You need your new hard drive formatted. The software you got with your new drive should do that ... but that CD or DVD is not an operating system.

What you need is a fresh install of an operating system. If you don't want to purchase Windows or Mac or some other system, you could get Lunix, a free open source operating system, but based on where you are, I suggest you stay with a mainline OS.

I think you should consider having an operating system installed at the Big Box store or at a computer shop in your area. If at a computer shop, ask the store if it is permissable to watch. The smaller the store, the more likely they are to say OK.

Good luck with your project.

I hope this information has helped you.

Positive comments welcome.

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