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Re: error loading operating system
Firstly have you set your jumpers on your hard drive setting before placing into computer. If not check if the cd rom is on the same cable, if on same cable then change the jumper.
Have you gone into bios and loaded the hard drive. If a new hard drive you will need to detect it in bios first. Then Save and exit. To go into bios, press f1 or f2 or DEL when you first start computer. Each computer is differentand you'll have to see which you require to press.
After bios is setup, put in your copy of windows xp, or your boot disks and follow instructions to set partition and format drive, then install operating system.
If you are only installing a new secondary drive as a backup, you will still need to detect in bios first. Then load you windows and go to my computer and format the drive using windows.
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You will have to install a new operating system. If there is valuable information on the hard drive of your desktop, I suggest a linux distro, as it will not format the hard drive and your information will stay safe. These operating systems are free as well. However most people find these operating systems hard to use, and much prefer the Windows based operating systems. To install a Windows operating system you will need a cd with all of the components on it, you may have gotten one when purchasing your computer, or you can buy one for around $200. If you are not secure enough in installing your own operating system, take your desktop to a local computer repair store and ask to have a new operating system installed. On average this will cost anywhere between $300-500.
If you want to format your hard disk completely .my advice is to format all the drives by right click on them ..and choose format ..confirm and choose the quick format for to not spend a lot of time waiting ...after it displays format complete click ok and it will open the empty new formatted drive .. For the C drive the things are a little different ...To be able to format it you need to either use the recovery cd and format it automatically when the operation system is reinstalled..or do it manually when you install the operation system using a boot-able disk with one of the operation systems in the market ..After choosing to boot from the disk ..and loading the primordial files ..it will ask to press and confirm the agreement with the manufacturer..and soon after will search for pre-installed operation systems..and will find the C drive with the OS on it ...In this point do not choose repair or install but don't repair ..and will show all drives..already empty if you formatted them ..and if you choose the C drive and click install it will ask you if you want to keep the files or format it quick or normal way ...choose one and click enter to proceed ..after that will load OS files and go on with the installation after a restart ..
bad hard drive (physically bad sectors in the boot sector) - this means the drive needs to be replaced - buy another drive and install the operating system - slave the bad drive and copy the files you need to the new drive
A memory dump or the blue screen on start-up with the memory address as you mentioned is telling you that there is a problem with hardware - it could be you new hard drive - try making 2 partitions on it and remember to do a full format and not a quick format, I would also be looking at your ram and making sure it is ok. I have come across many times where a computer has been working ok with the old ram but after formatting and reinstalling it would crash at about 36%.
you need to boot from the CD/DVD containing the operating system..place the CD/DVD and restart the system...you will soon get a screen saying..press any key to boot from CD/DVD..make sure your comp has the DVD/CD drive as a boot option..you cannot format the C partition by right clicking and using the format option..hope this helps...
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When I install a new hard drive I like to re-install the operating system (OS) as well. Unfortunatly this wipes out all your files.
Typically when files do not copy it's either because they're in use or the media (your new hard drive) is not formatted properly.
Note, formatting erases everything on the drive being formatted.
Instruction for this are easy to find online but are all done for you if you use the OS install CD which will walk you through the setup, formatting, and partitioning.
If you have a way to save your files to another drive such as a usb thumb drive, external hard drive, cd or dvd, I would go about it that way. There's usually alot of uneeded files created by the operating system after a period of time and there's no sense in keeping them. They only slow your system down.
One other thing you can consider if you don't have an external hard drive is purchasing a hard drive enclosure for your old hard drive. You can find them at Best Buy. I paid about $30. Its just a case and usb cord you can use as an external hard drive and also copy any files you can still access on this old drive over to your new one.