i am having a problem with my hard disk as a few days back i tried to load a demo version of windows vista home on my pc after loading now my hdd is not booting and i am not able to load winxp on that or win98se os......after booting from win98se bootable media i didn't find any partition in the hdd...infact it is showing "no fixed disk presents"pls advise me to recover my hdd....my pc ic p-iv 2.99ghz...with 512mb of ram.....
The easiest way to partition this disk wud be to put the HDD into another computer that has windows vista, once done, boot up other computer then press start, run , type "compmgmt.msc" select disk management, normally there is one partition, you can do alot of things from here, create multiple partitions, shrink and extend volumes, even assign partition drive letters it look like you have more HDDs but in reality you only have one, have multiple partitions make windows vista perform better, eg partition 1 u wud put windows vista only
partition 2 the page file (virtual Memory)
then another partition for personal media
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Re: not able to load any os
Here's a fdisk utility for you to use:
That will help partition and activate drives. If you don't know how to partition a drive, then this link will help explain, in tech detail, what you are doing:
If you want more of a layman's explanation, then goto this link:
As the person there went into detail as to what you are doing from what I think is a not-as-technical explanation as most other sites.
Fdisk wipes your hard drive clear of anything when you run it, it then partitions the drives and activates the partitions so that a operating system can be installed on it.
With your RAM, why did you even try to install Vista? Vista needs at least 1G of RAM for optimal performance, not to mention a good graphics card, and just overall new hardware.
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For the past few upgrade cycles I have upgraded by purchasing the best value new computers with the OS installed. I connect the old computers to the new via a home network. The newest has Win-7 and is much faster, however, the learning curve is steep getting all the old stuff to work. So for some stuff I still rely on the older machine. This has given me the best results.I still use Vista and XP, but if you feel compelled to upgrade do to security reason I would follow the following outline.
Back up on an external USB drive all important documents. You must do this if not Murphy's rules will apply and it can be a train wreck!!
Down load Acronis from Western Digital website. Make a Boot disk.
Create a clone copy of your master C:/ drive on an external USB drive.
Purchase a same or larger internal PC master C: drive "It must be a Western Digital for the free version of Acronis to work"
Replace current drive with new.
Using Acronis boot disk boot up and connect USB drive
Clone new drive from USB with vista OS using the Acronis boot disk and confirm all is well
You now have a way to go back. Your original drive still has the Vista OS with all your Junk and the new drive should have the same.
Using the new drive go to the Microsoft website and go for OS seven. Keep your clone copy of the vista OS on the USB drive in case the seven blows-up during install.
Retain the original C: drive with the vista OS in case you get into difficulty with the new drive.(mark the drive with date etc)
I have successfully done this for computers and keep a drive loaded with a known good OS for the day it all goes bad.
Sync-toy is the backup program that I use to keep everything up to date.
The problem is your computer is not compatable to run the Ubuntu operational system, it comes up not supported. But you can go online to forums that deal with these types of problems, because there are a lot of people out there that swear by this system.
For the first one, you need to enter BIOS and set the HDD settings. Maybe you can automatic detect it once and then the system knew where to load system from. If it can see the hard disk and reads it but no operating system found, then you may need to check the operating system on your hard disk.
For the second one, I do think it is better to upgrade to a upper level OS such as Windows 7. While you have Vista you will have better deal with Windows 7. If you do have a agreement with Microsoft to have newer OS for free in a certain period, you can get Windows 7 for free. If you don't have that agreement, you can get Upgrade version of windows 7 with a huge discount if you have Vista.
You can actually back up your data to an wim file on vista and restore all the data and settings after the upgrading. But be sure to keep a full backup of your hard disk and everything just in case.
You can enter BIOS and make sure booting from CD first. Then there is a key you need to press very early in the booting process to launch the recovery. There is also a factory default restore you can use. Did you call HP to find out what the key is and how to use factory default restoration? You can always plug the hard disk to other computer to back up the data and then restore to factory default and put the data back.
You need to get rid of the Vista Demo, and reload xp. You need to keep one or the other I think, you can't keep both operating systems on the same drive. What were you thinking?
Did you install the vista demo as a dual boot setup? Doesn't sound like it.
I hope someone can help you, I can't.
I have this exact laptop and was never happy with the speed or stability with the Vista OS. I found that after intalling windows XP, this laptop now perform optimally. If you want more information on this solution click here. (note that the drivers link in this article is temporarily down, but I will be posting an other one promptly.
Booting XP from a USB drive is no fun! If you really want to have Vista on this laptop, then you might want to consider dual booting XP / Vista, I will be posting an article on that same website. www.CustomAutomaticSystems.com Alex