What to do after installing new hard drive on Gateway Desktop
Hi, I have a Gateway Gt5238e That stopped working ( It wouldn't even go into the OS), so with my fingers crossed, I went ahead & replaced the hard drive. After that I went into the bios & saw that my computer recognized the new drive and that it was the drive that booted first. I have my original windows Xp disc so I inserted that. I get a message to go to recocvery options which I do, I can choose destructive recovery or the other kind ( I've choosen both) The computer goes through the process then says "Drive Not Found" Is there any advice you can give me?
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Re: What to do after installing new hard drive on Gateway...
Your machine is looking for the original HD..boot your pc up with the cd that came with machine(restore) but before it gets to the desktop try getting into setup and change the boot sequence to cd rom as 1st boot then hd and so on/ save and exit when it reboots it will ask you..hit a key to boot from cd rom..then you can do as you please
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Do you have a full installation disc or an Upgrade version of XP? The full install should give you an option for partitioning and formatting the new hard drive as part of the installation process. From Microsoft, read this page for details: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 . You may need some additional drivers if you have a SATA hard drive. More screen shots and details are here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_03.htm .
An alternative way of dealing with the problem may be to use a third-party Partition Manager software (Symantec's Partition Magic, Paragon's Partition Manager). Paragon's site is http://www.partition-manager.com/ . This site has various levels of Partition Management software (with different features available in the more expensive versions). You'll need the bootable CD version of the software (recovery disc, .iso) to do the partitioning.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (I thought the upgrade version could also be done to a new hard disc including the partitioning; all you needed was a Win OS disc from an earlier version to prove qualifying ownership.)
You have to repair the installion, When you change the mobo you need to reinstall or repair the os, even with windows, well of course with windows because windows sucks, Try updating from the shell sudo apt-get install update
Buy a new harddrive and install a new OS on it make sure your old harddrive is disconnected after the new hard drive is working properly then reconnect your old harddrive and u will have all your files back unless the old hard drives crashed completely
Is this still under warranty? If not then you'll just need to buy another HDD (hard drive device) and connect that one where the old was. Re-install XP or Vista. Conact Gateway or go to the Gateway web site to see what was hardware was supported for your system.
HDD IDE/EIDE or SATA/SATA II OS XP or Vista
After you find out the info just install the new HDD, and install the OS. I only recommend doing this since you can't even get into the Safe Mode. When everything is back up and running you can also re-attach the old drive to what is called Slave or CS (cable select) this is more automatic process. Then you'll be able to recover any data missing that you need that was on the older drive.
You can manually disconnect the IDE/SATA cable temporarily from your motherboard (the one with NT PRO & XP HOME), then you can cleanly install a Windows XP on your new Hardisk. And after installing, you can re-connect the other hardrive on your computer and format it under your NEW Windows XP, be sure to set the BIOS BOOTUP sequence that you boot on the right drive.