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I installed a new hard drive yesterday on my Dell Dimension 4400. After installing Windows XP Home from the reinstall CD, I get NO BOOT DEVICE DETECTED SYSTEM HALTED.

I already reset the bios to boot first from the hard drive. I'm baffled. Any ideas?
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This can happen if the jumper(s) at the back of the hard disk are set incorrectly. If, for example you only have one hard disk it should be configured as 'master' with the jumper, otherwise it won't boot.

Similarly, if you have two hard disks installed on the same data cable and both are configured as slave or both as master, again the system won't boot. In that case, the system drive should be configured as 'master', the other drive as 'slave'

Most hard disk casings have a diagram printed on them which shows what the jumper position should be for master or slave.

Hope that solves it for you.

Edited by pip22, 04 September 2006 - 12:19 PM.

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Thanks Pip. It turned out that I had not secured the cable to the new drive sufficiently. I did that and was able to install Windows. I'm a happy camper!
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