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My computer crashed because I messed up.
At first it gave me a blue screen now it won't boot at all.
I need to know if I replace the old small size 60gb hard drive with a new bigger hard drive
how do I load windows xp onto a new "blank" HD?
I'm old and not to smart.
the computer store wants $55 an hour to clean and restore and I can get a new 160gb for $45.
Thanks for your help

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Here's a guide...

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Unless the hard drive is bad you do not need to replace it at all...just follow these instructions to clean install Windows XP, noting step 10b.

However, that may be a bit drastic at this point, depending on what exact problems you're facing. Reinstalling XP would cause you to lose your current documents, settings, and installed software, forcing you to start from scratch. If you describe the problems you're encountering here we may be able to help address them instead of assist with the more dramatic reinstall option.


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clean install

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John I missed your answer link.
I went there it looks like it will do the job.

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And let's hope it isn't a BIOs virus. A replacement installation disk can be purchased cheap by contacting the manufacturer.

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Install these with the clean OS installation

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Crash first

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What happened to make it crash? Any beeps when you start the PC? What OS and what PC brand and model. I need this information to assist you. Do you remember any warnings from the blue screen. Have you changed any hardware lately?

Start a new post about adding the hard drive once we are done with the crash problem.

It might be time to buy a new one. I'm going to guess yours is around a 2001-2002 computer. Think ten human years per each calendar year for a PC. A 2001 PC is 70. Could you work as hard as your PC does at 70? Might save you many head aches. New PC about $600.00 or more:

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Computer is an old one I had to take a disability retirement.
I bought it off e-bay 3 years ago it worked great for what I wanted.
Compaq vio. I was downloading music the pop-up blocker would come on every time I tried to down load and I turned it off and forgot, Please don't tell me never to do that, I did it and it's to late.
Computer would start and a blue screen said I had a virus I ran norton but it didn't clean it.
Now the computer won't start it keeps restarting I was going to run chkdsk but like I said it keeps restarting.
that's why I thought I would buy a new HD and throw the old one away.
theres no data on it I need. I had just saved to disc the important info.
I have a good friend who could help me but he just left on vacation for 2 weeks. I need to know if theres anything I can do if not how do I load a new drive.

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