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Windows XP won't boot with new second hard drive


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nvlawman

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I was trying to replace my old SATA D drive (i have a C with Windows XP on it) with a new, used one. However, the computer won't make it to the desktop when i re-start it. I just get a blank, black screen. The drive powers up and spins but that's it. Does this mean the hard drive is bad? It works fine with my old D drive when i put it back, thanks.

Edited by nvlawman, 05 June 2009 - 06:28 AM.

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What is your boot sequence set to? And how did you partition your new drive?
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I don't know anything about a "boot sequence", just what i stated above. The drive should allready be partitioned. Are you saying i need to run through the partitioning process in an XP disc?
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Well if its a fresh drive, you can partition it once you are logged into Windows. Since you say it is "used" how was it used before? If it was used to boot an operating system from, then Windows will not be able to boot while it is installed. In which case you would want to use your Windows XP CD to delete the partitions on it.

If it did not have an operating system installed on it....

To check your boot sequence you will need to go into your BIOS, this is usually done by pressing ESC/DEL or F1/F2 during startup (though the key is different depending on your manufacturer) This website can help you determine what key to press.

Once your in BIOS navigate with the arrows to your boot sequence, and make sure your C: hard drive is listed before your newly installed hard drive.
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I tried removing my other drives and only using the new drive. Then booted from an xp disc. I was able to partition it but it wouldn't format. Stated the drive may be damaged. I sell external hard drives and it was from a Seagate that was a return. I figured either the power supply or ext. to int. connection had failed. However, it looks like the drive itself went bad. Oh well, looks like it's getting filed in the round one. Thanks.

Edited by nvlawman, 05 June 2009 - 07:48 AM.

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If the drive is SATA as you state then you can power the machine up with just the windows XP C: drive, then plug the 'new' drive in once its finished booting up and you are in Windows. Windows should recognise it and it should become visible in My Computer.

Failing that (and as previously stated) you'll need to boot from your XP cd and use the drive tools to deete the partition/data from the 'new' drive.
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That was after creating a new partition. After trying (and failing) to format from the XP cd, i booted up and the drive was recognized. However, it wouldn't format from my computer either. I really believe it's screwed.

Edited by nvlawman, 05 June 2009 - 08:12 AM.

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SSD just cant come fast enough....
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Did you pay a lot for it? There are recovery tools that might be able to make it functional again, but from my experience it'll probably just go again if you do that and what good is a disk you can't rely on?

Give n the price of disks these days I'd say junk it and start again. :/
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SSD just cant come fast enough....


or cheap enough :)
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