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robert83

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Can you take one Laptops HDD and make it the slave of another, so that you can format it. Is there hard ware that I need to get?
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You probably could, depending on the laptop, but it would be easier to use a floppy or burn the formatting software to a cd and boot from it to run the solftware. In the case of most operating systems now, they have partioning and formatting software on the installation disk, making that procedure unnecessary. If you're reinstalling an OS and it refuses to format the disk there are certainly easier ways of doing it.

What OS are you trying to install.
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I'm trying to install Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1a
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is this drive already in a nother computer? if it is you should just have to boot from the cd and use the xp setup utilities to format and set up the drive...there should be no reason for you to format the drive first...if you are wanting to back up data before you format...then y ou could get an external usb enclosure for the drive and use that..
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I can't reformat with the XP CD. Here's the issue, and maybe I need to start a new string. My laptops BIOS doesn't recognize the HDD properly (I’ll call this laptop -1 and HDD-1 for reference). It reports the primary drive as empty, and at boot up it reports that the “Operating System is Undetected.” If I put the same HDD in my other laptop (laptop-2), it recognizes it properly and I can load XP and run XP on it. If I put the HDD from laptop-2 in laptop-1, it recognizes it in the BIOS, put still reports the “Operating System is Undetected” at boot up. So how can I get my BIOS to recognize the HDD-1 and allow me to load XP?
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well....if the xp instance on hdd1 was installed on laptop 1 then there could be an issue....but if hdd1 was set up in a different machine...then the issue is that xp doesn't like being moved between hardware platforms...(which is why laptop1 will detect hdd2 but not the os)

you could attempt to flash the bios on laptop1 and then reatempt to install hdd1 and the os..
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All right, I was thinking that I needed to flash the BIOS, something I've not delt with yet. How do I go about that?
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go to the manufacturer's website and download the newest bios edition..then follow their instructions....(unles you just want to reset the bios..in which case you just take the CMOS batter out of the motherboard for a little while..with the machine off and the main battery out)
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Hardware compnents are my weak point. How can I take the CMOS batter out of the motherboard. I can take the computer apart down to the motherboard, but I don't know what the CMOS batter looks like.
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it looks like a watch battery
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ok, back at it this Monday morning. I took the CMOS battery out of the motherboard. It didn't resolve any of the issues. Anything else I can do?
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