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Hard Drive I installed a new harddrive on this 8 years old computer. I follow all instructions and recheck. As I try to install OS, it prompts me to contact compaq. I research the web but find no solution. I am upgrading from a ata 40Gb(5400rpm) to a ata 200GB(7200rpm). Will this older system support a much bigger drive? What should be taken into consideration when upgrading(buying parts)? Thanks for you help.

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  • CCWILL Jul 13, 2008

    Compaq 1.3GHZ, processor X86 family 6 model 11 stepping 1 genuineintel, 512 ram and the original windowsXP home edition recovery cd. Bestbuy told me I need to have the motherboard tattoo but I research before buying the drive and tattooing did not come up.



    Now I am getting a NTLDR is missing and to contact compaq as I try to install OS. I had redone the installation earlier copying all files from old drive to new drive making new drive master. The NTLDR is missing was not showing but as I try to install OS, the monitor screen showed about 9 or 10 blinking boxes running diagonally across screen. I removed new drive and put in old drive and computer is running fine. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Ikram Abid May 11, 2010

    Please provide the specification of the system? how much ram, which processor and what OS are you trying to install? can it boot from CD ROM? Which OS was previously in this system?

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Put the windows xp CD in the cd rom drive and enable booting from cd in the bios setup. then boot from this cd, install windows on your newer hard disk. be sure to connect the new hard disk and remove the older one before you do this. you have to boot from the cd to install the OS in the new hard disk.

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Yes this hard drive should work with your system. all you should take into consideration is whether the inputs and such are the same and if all the other components in your system will support the newly added part.

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