I had a problem with my old hd being bad so I replaced it myself and now I am unable to install windows.
I boot the computer up from the cd just fine and it starts loading up drivers and such but then it hits "Setup is Starting Windows" and suddenly the computer just hangs and nothing goes on from there. I've tried 2 different windows cd's so I don't know what's up. Plz help.
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Problems like this for me often wind up being damaged processors or motherboards. If your laptop was severely overheated you could very well have stressed/damaged the processor or other discrete component on the system board. The only way to really isolate that kind of issue is to start replacing components with know good ones or take it to the local Toshiba shop.
Another thing to try is booting to the Windows install CD and just letting it sit at one of the initial screens. When it locks up touch the bottom of the laptop (sample the entire bottom) with your palm. If the temperature is hot enough to make it unpleasant to the touch you may have a heat problem. If that?s the case the small cooling fan should be on at that point as well.
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you replaced the hard drive fair enough
disc hard drives are being replaced by solid state hard drives which store more data and boot faster and with no moving parts seldom fail
BUT the operating system is on the old hard drive so the BIOS doesn't know where to boot up from hence the blank screen
on start up you have to hold down the ctrl and delete keys together until the bios screen comes up , go to boot up and choose an external drive that has your operating system on it as first boot save and exit
now after inserting the disc or usb stick ,restart the computer and now then bios boots from that external drive and you are away
once the program has been installed , you can go back to the bios , select hd as first boot and save , exit
If you replaced with a brand new HD then there are no files for the computer to read and boot from. You really have two choices, contact the vendor of the computer and see if they will offer you a set of the original installation disks. If not, you will have to go buy a new "operating system" set of disks ex: Windows 8 disks. You will not have any of the information you stored before as it was all on your old hard drive. However, in rare cases, a pulled hard drive that was unable to boot can be READ as an external drive. You can buy an external case for it and plug it into an operating computer and perhaps retrieve your files. You will not be able to transfer any programs. Just files like photos word processing etc.
First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
The easiest route would be to install the new hard drive in place of the old hard drive and place the old hard drive below the new hard drive and make it a secondary hard drive or slave drive. Once you have them installed this way you can install Windows XP Home to the new hard drive once you have it installed to the hard drive then you can copy everything from your old hard drive to the new one. Once you have everything copied from the old hard drive you can then format it within Windows to have 33GBs of space to store anything you wish. If you need more detailed instructions don't hesitate to reply.
The CMOS needs to be set to first read the CD or DVD drive before it reads the Hard drive. Once your XP disk is in the drive it will boot from the CD drive and setup the computer, The CMOS is acessed by turning on the computer and immediatly pressing either the deleat key or the F! or F2 key try each one till you get to CMOS then look for boot section. Set CD drive to first your HD drive to second.
Your PC is telling you that it cannot recognize your Hard Drive. You need to order a new Hard Drive. They are very cheap. Then you will need to re-install Windows. All of your data may be lost, but you can bring your Hard Drive to a data recovery center or PC Store to see if the data can be retrieved.
Hard Drive is probably dead so you will need to purchase a new one.
Your old hard drive contained files used by the OS, as well as the OS itself. If you replaced that HD with another, and did not clone your existing install onto the new HD, then there is no boot record, nor is there anything to boot. It is not possible to just swap a HD and expect it to work without either cloning the old drive or performing a fresh install of an OS. The fact that it is detected by the BIOS is good, as you can install a new OS onto the new drive, or use a program like Ghost to clone your old drive's contents onto the new drive.
If you have replaced the HD - this drive will be completely blank.
Your computer needs an operating system installed.
If you got a system restore CD/DVD with your computer - this is a good time to insert it and follow the onscreen instructions.
Alternatively if you have a windows install disk then this is a good time to install it.
Its also likely that everything on the old hard disk has been lost.
However - At a later date you could try and add it as a Slave disk to see if you can recover your documents etc once you have your machine up and running on the new disk.