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Installing XP onto an internal/external hard drive


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My computer was acting up and I couldn't get it started, so I took out the hard drive and put it into a case to use it as an external drive on another computer. That worked fine and I formatted it, but now I want to be able to put Windows XP back onto it but when I put it back into the first computer it wouldn't do anything even though I put the XP installation CD in. Do I have to install drivers to recognize the CD drive or can I just install XP while it is still an external drive? Thank you very much.

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first off...ninjas do indeed rule....secondly what are your jumper settings on the drive?
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I have no idea because this is all been trial and error up to this point to get this thing working. Is the jumper that little pin thing that moves and if it's on a certain spot the computer won't recognize it? If so, that thing is on the all the way left side.

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hehe ooookkk...the left side...can you look at the drive? is it out of the machine? look at the back next to all of those connections with the pins...there is a small section of pins with a black plastic thing that looks like it might be called a jumper (its a difficult doo-dad to describe) somewhere on the drive itself next to that spot there should be some letters like ms cs sl or something like that....make sure that jumper is jumping the pins under cs
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Ok I've done that. What's next?

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put it in the machine and start it
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I already tried putting it back into the first computer and when I did it said "Remove disks from drives. Press any key to restart." (or something to that effect)
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so do you have a disk in any of your drives?
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Nope. Like I said, it's messed up. There's absolutely nothing on the drive so I didn't expect it to do much. Any suggestions?

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well i meant like in the floppy or cd drive.if it is telling you that there is a disk in a drive then there is probably a floppy in your floppy drive
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There is not...
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try disconnecting the floppy, put your windows cd in the drive, and boot
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Will the hard drive recognize the cd drive or do I need to put drivers or something onto it first?
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it should pick it up enough to boot off of the xp cd....just make sure your boot order is set to boot from cd first
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And pray tell, how do I do that? Put it in REAL layman's terms please.
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