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Reinstall OS after hard drive crash


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nativetexan2

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I was working on one of my older computers running XP when the hard drive crashed and I lost everything on the drive. I installed one of my backup hard drives to replace the bad hard drive. After reformatting the hard drive, my computer recognized the blank hard drive but I could not reinstall the O/S using the original CD. I get a "No Boot Record" message Did I miss a step with the replacement hard drive?


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I was working on one of my older computers running XP when the hard drive crashed and I lost everything on the drive. I installed one of my backup hard drives to replace the bad hard drive. After reformatting the hard drive, my computer recognized the blank hard drive but I could not reinstall the O/S using the original CD. I get a "No Boot Record" message Did I miss a step with the replacement hard drive?

Sorry but you have post on a tech forum asking for help but have provided zero information about your computer or it`s hardware, this makes it impossible for anyone to even hazard a guess as to what is going on.

 

Is the PC a custom build or brand name such as Dell or HP, if a brand name, provide the model name or series number (not serial) if a custom build post the brand and model name or number for the CPU, MB and what OS are you trying to install, providing these details will enable folk to better help you.


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Sorry, I have a Dell Optiplex 3020 running XP Pro. I run an older version of wildsoft which is a surveying software and will not run on win 7 and up. After the drive crashed, I formatted a disk drive I had and installed it. I changed the boot sequence in Bios and started the computer with the XP install CD loaded. The install disk started loading files but it got to a point and gave me a message saying No Boot Record found. I must have missed a step after I formatted the hard drive.


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The earliest drivers for the Dell optiplex 3020 are for Windows 7 so not even sure how you ever ran XP on it in the first place.

 

Is the XP Pro disk you have a genuine Microsoft disk and what service pack is it.


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