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HDD Install Problems...

by Afew2go / October 14, 2009 7:18 AM PDT

Computer question for you guys? I pulled a hard drive out of one PC and put it into another one as the primary master. The jumpers are on ?Master?. When I booted it up the first time, it required booting from disk. I booted from an XP Home disk. Now after Windows is set up and reboots, it will only boot up from a disk. Bios is set to boot from HDD first, CD ROM second and Floppy third. Bios does recognize the HDD, make, model and capacity. HELP!!! How do I get it to boot from the HDD? I?ve snuck the disk out in between the re-boot and it still searches for a disk to boot from only. The verbiage on the screen is ?Boot from CD:? HDD that I'm attempting to install is a Seagate 120 Gig U series 9. Model: ST3120025A

The System is around 4 years old, homebuilt. 2.4 G Celeron 512 DDR RAM Windows XP Home System runs flawless with previous HHD (Hitachi) installed. If there?s anything you can suggest? Thanks for helping!!!

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Sounds like
by Jimmy Greystone / October 14, 2009 8:55 AM PDT

Sounds like either a dead drive, bad cable, or bad IDE controller on the motherboard.

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Thanks Jimmy...
by Afew2go / October 14, 2009 9:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Sounds like

Thanks Jimmy, if I plug in the old HDD and it works, would that eliminate a possible bad IDE controller on the MB? Kind of sounds like the HDD is dead, huh?

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by Jimmy Greystone / October 14, 2009 9:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks Jimmy...

Yep, that kind of points things pretty squarely at the hard drive.

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One More ?...
by Afew2go / October 14, 2009 2:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Yep

I think that whatever cooked this HDD might have cooked the mother board. I've got it out and just sitting in a static bag. Would you happen to know the quickest and easiest way to check a MB? I'm thinking that I can just plug a PSU molex into it and fire it up. Would that work or do I have to have the CPU and monitor hooked up too? By the way, thank you for getting back to me so quick!

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