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Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem. Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware."
If you have not checked these(I am sure you have probably gone through this or don't need to but just in case)
First thing is first you have installed a new hard disk, is this the only hard disk installed. If Yes, does the bios recognize it? If Yes, is it bootable. Meaning is there a working copy of windows installed? If not reinstall from windows installation disk. If Yes, you may still have to reinstall windows you can use the windows installation disk as well.
This sounds like an issue that I had taking a hard drive from one computer and placing it in a brand new one. This message sounds like windows is damaged. I had to reinstall windows and leave the file system intact. There is an option to do this. If you feel comfortable you can always use a boot disk and check the boot .ini to make sure that it has the correct path for windows written in that may be the issue there. This file is hidden in the root directory of the drive.
Posted on Dec 05, 2007
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If not seen by windows but seen by CMOS the drive must be PARTITIONED and then FORMATTED. OR
IF disk came with install CD run install to assure all needed USB drivers are present for windows to install disk through USB port.
Once USB drivers are installed reboot PC and see if Windows finds new hardware.
IF windows still does not install new HD but CMOS shows drive is present, the drive needs to be partitioned.
To partition new drive type DISKPART at dos prompt or in START RUN OPEN and press enter.
At the DISKPART> ( prompt ) type LIST DISK then press enter.
Example: DISKPART> LIST DISK press enter
FIND the number assigned to the new drive in the list (#), then type SELECT DISK #
Example: DISKPART> SELECT DISK 2 press enter
the info returned in the dos window should be;
Example: Disk 2 is now the selected disk
Type CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED
Example: DISKPART> CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED press enter
Now shutdown the PC then reboot. Windows should now Find hardware and install new disk.
Click START then COMPUTER the new disk should be listed.
Right click on the Drive and select FORMAT use NTFS format.
now you should be able to drag and drop files/folders to your new disk.
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