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Q: Getting a new Operating System disk replacement for new hard...

I bought this computer new several years ago and the hard-drive died today. I went out and bought a new internal hard-drive, but I did not realize that I also needed to install an operating system with the new hard-drive. So, I am trying to see what I need to do to get my new hard-drive to boot up? I do not have the recovery disk that came with my computer. I was told that maybe HP could send a new Operating System disk so that I could reinstall windows. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hi all,

I need to replace my hard disk (Toshiba 40GB) and the configuration of my laptop E-SYstem 3089 is the following:

quite scary to be honest: there is a sort of armor protecting the hard disk and I don't know how to get it out... do I need to dismount all the pieces?
So please if someone experienced of this EI-Systems can share a tip, I'd be very happy and grateful. Thanks in advance!!
Joe User

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Dear Friends,
I have 2 hard disks (20 GB & 10 GB) in my computer.
20 GB - WinXP operating system
10 GB ? Win98 Operating system ?.

My questions?.

If I turn on my computer automatically goes to WinXP ? if I want Win98 ?.how can I get?

Note: currently I have been using a way that if I want open win98, remove the cable of 20 GB hard disk and restart ?.

Sorry for my little English


Irsath mohammed

A:2 Hard Disk & 2 Operating System ...

with you running windows, i know this isn't a mac, so i'll be moving this to the windows section.

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

The message that you are receiving means that your hard drive has failed.  Your only option is to buy a new one.  You should buy one the same size or larger than the one being replaced to assure that the Recovery media works with it. For future reference, when requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I got a new laptop a few hours ago and this is all I've done with it since then:

1) Made back up disks
2) Installed Firefox
3) Installed Adblock
4) Installed avast anti-virus free
5) Restarted
6) Messed around on facebook and checked my e-mail
7) Played solitaire/hearts
8) Uninstalled Norton internet security 2009 using control panel (I know it doesn't delete everything)
9) Restarted computer
10) Played Solitaire

Five minutes after playing solitaire it froze and a black screen came up saying boot 030 'please install operating system'. I did a diagnostic on start-up and run-in, both turned out fine. When I ran a diagnostic on the hard disk it said there was no hard disk detected. I didn't know what else to do so I restarted it. Everything restarted fine, I logged in and went to the internet to see if I could find out what had happened. Five minutes in same thing happened. I restarted again and checked avast. It said that my antivirus software was out of date so I tried updating but it didn't want to update, said that the package was broken. It was suggested that avast was the problem so I uninstalled and restarted, same problem.

I'm currently at a loss on what else to do short of using my back up disks to restore my laptop.

It's an hp dv6-2066dx, 6gb ram, 320 gb harddrive, duel-core amd, running on windows 7.

A:Operating System/hard disk not detected

Take it back...with a pc you have a few days to return...10 or 15{dis satisfaction}
Try another one

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I tried to open my computer and I got a screen saying:BootDevice not foundPlease install an operating system on your hard diskHard Disk - (3F0)F2 System DiagnosticsI have no clue what this means or how to fix it

A:Install Operating system on hard disk???

Lily, welcome to the forum. This error message is telling you that your hard drive has failed.  I suggest that you run the SMART test from the BIOS to make certain.  Your only option is to replace it if it has failed. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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My commuter only works intermittently! Most the time it starts up it states "Boot Device Not Found" "Please install an operating system on your hard disk" no clue at to do. Sometimes after I plug it into its charger it works but most the time it does not.

A:Asking me to install an operating system on my hard disk.

jeanieq88 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!I read your post about multiple problems with your laptop and wanted to help -- but need more information. Without your detailed product number, I can not confirm whether or not HP has Win10 drivers for your PC, so please follow the directions in this link to find the detailed product number of your PC: that is not possible, then look for a sticker on the PC that includes the product number and post that here.  If the battery is removable, the sticker is likely to be in the battery compartment. Also, need to know what Windows version your PC is running. We need that information because troubleshooting steps are different for the various Windows OSs.Here is a link on how to find that info: it's running Win10, did it come with that preinstalled? If not, what was the prior OS of the PC? We can proceed once you provide the information.Thanks

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I turned on my computer and got this message '"boot device not found please install an operating system on your hard drive."'.... Please can someone tell me what to do?

A:how to install an operating system on my hard disk

Greetings, Please provide more information: Product number Did you upgrade to Win 10 and what operating system did your PC have when purchased? Either I or someone else can help but we need more specific information on what is happening. Your problem could be the Win 10 upgrade, or a disconnected HDD/motherboard cable, or a failed HDD. Cheers!  

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after try to clean up the laptop ,i can't start it again its say boots device not found,to install operating system on the hard disk.I have done system diagnostic its pass all  of them but wont reboots,i got the information visit ;,that;s it thanks for helping.

A:need to install operating system on the hard disk

how to install operating system on the hard disk? 

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I have written this thread originally in JustLinux Forum. In view of the fact that it may be useful to MS Windows users I have re-written it to suit the non-Linux users. The method can be used on a healthy system or just to salvage data off an unbootable system.


Step 1 – use Linux dd commands to clone the original disk to the new bigger hard disk (only two terminal commands and one of which is optional)
Step 2 – use Gparted or Parted Magic to resize the partitions to absorb the extra space (Optional if you want to use up the spare space in the larger hard disk)

Theoretical consideration (User not interested in the theory can skip the black section and go straight to the blue text

With hard disks getting bigger in capacity and selling cheaper per Gb many PC users can now afford to upgrade the hard disk to a bigger unit. Migrating an operating system to a different hard disk can be hazardous because the integrity of the filing system and the boot loader may be affected in the new home. However if the basic rules are adhered to then the migration can be effortless.

This thread is written to show how to use a Linux Live CD, of either Gparted or Parted Magic, to clone from a smaller source disk into a bigger target disk. Both Gparted or Parted Magic are now available as free downloadable bootable iso images. Just download any one of them, burn the iso into a bootable CD and yo... Read more

A:How to migrate an operating system to a bigger hard disk.

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I have a Lenovo R61 with a Windows XP operating system.

So this is what has happened so far:

I was working on my computer when I noticed that I was suddenly getting continuous popups. Realizing that I had either spyware or a virus, I tried loading my McAfee and Spybot applications. For some reason, they were not loading, and then I noticed that I suddenly had porn thumbnails being downloaded onto my desktop. I quickly used my external hard drive and saved my pictures and documents. Then, I tried to restart my computer. I've been trying everything I know to get my computer back, but I keep getting blocked at every turn.

When I try to restart my computer, it goes to the windows login screen, which it used to always bypass. When I press enter without inputting a password, it states that I am "logging in" and then immediately changes to "logging off" and forces my computer to restart.

When I try to load in safe mode, it scrolls through a few pages of script and then errors on me and says that I cannot go into safe mode.

I changed my boot device to boot from my cd drive in order to reformat using a legal Windows XP cd. When I try this, it tells me that my hard disk drives are undetected.

When I try to do a full recovery through Thinkvantage's recovery program, it says that it cannot be done.

I have run diagnostics on my hard drive, and now I am doing the same through BIOS. So far, it seems unaffected.

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How can I restore an image (e.g. done by Acronis True Image) after I have formated the entire hard disk with the operating system?

Suppose, I have made an image of C:, formate C: (entire hard disk), the installation of a new Vista fails and now I want to restore the image.

Nice greetings, Dirk

A:How to restore an image after formating the hard disk (incl. the operating system)?

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My desktop uses Windows Vista, which may seem like an okay operating system, but when you try to game on it, it crashes constantly. So I wanted to replace my operating system.

I don't know much about the Consumer Preview, though. It seems okay, but can it replace an entire operating system on a desktop, and be used as the desktop's only operating system?

I know it's a preview, so I keep on feeling like there is something huge that is in the preview that I will find myself despising a while after I replace Windows Vista with it.

My main question is as the title says. Is it a good enough operating system, the Consumer Previewer, to stand on its own?

A:Is The Windows 8 Consumer Preview A Good Replacement Operating System?

It is pretty good and also pretty stable. But I would not yet choose it as my primary OS - there are still glitches. Install it in a seperate partition and try is out. If after a couple of weeks you think it does your jobs, stay with it.

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I want to replace my HDD 360 GB with new SDD disk due to space problems with disk with compaq 420.  System configuration isIntel Core 2 Due  CPU T 6670 @ 2.20 GHz   RAM 4.0 GB ( 2.90 GB Usable)Hard Disk - 360 GBSize - 14" Please advise me wheather I can change my hard disk to SDD. Regards     

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I have seen other posts on this but no definitive answer.
My HDD is dying and needs replacing. I see the posotion of the HDD is LHS under the palm rest and there appears to be a removable flap - other posts say there is just one screw to remove but there are no visible screws under the machine.

I have changed HDDs on other Toshibas with absolutetly no problem - anyone any ideas?

A:Hard disk replacement A100


The HDD replacement on this notebook is not simply procedure. I am not 100 % sure but the whole Palm rest/Touch pad must be removed at first. HDD cover is fixed with one screw but you will see him just if the Palm rest is removed.

When this screw is removed Hold the HDD tab and pull out the HDD assembly. Next step is to detach the HDD bracket from the HDD.
The unit is pretty new and before you do anything checks if the warranty is still valid.

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We need to recover the hard disk as an ex-employee has deleted some files within the OS.
We don't want to reinstall Windows as it my effect some of the other files he has deleted, by accident!!!!
We have the software to recover the data but need to gain access to the Hard Disk and remove it, then run it on our test machine.

Does anyone have any idea how to remove the hard disk?

A:A100 Hard Disk Replacement


you find the HDD when you turn the A100 at the right side! You have to remove only one screw and take the small HDD flap away! Then you can pull out the HDD!

Bye Hans

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How to replace hard disk in Toshiba NB100

Can anyone help me ?



Message was edited by: faggiano

A:NB100 - Hard disk replacement

I believe the HDD is under the top cover which is hard to get to.

You should get a Service Center to do it for you, so nothing gets damaged and your warranty stays valid.

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I am facing the problem of Hard drive failure with my laptop. I was told to replace with a new hard drive. So, am looking for the replacement details (right from the cost to the service centre location and procedures). It would be most helpful from some guidences.

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Good morning to everyone,I have a DV6735el, PN: KN782EA#ABZ and I would like to upgrade to 4GB RAM (ok) and a drvie bigger than the default 250GB. Does this model support:1 o 2 TB?I suppose it can use interface Sata III (without spped improvement).It requires drive with hight 10 mm or can I use also 15mm? Thank You   

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A:Maximum size Hard Disk replacement

Any 2.5 inch wide and 9.5 mm thick SATA laptop hard drive will work and they do make 1 and 2 TB models so those are fine. It can be SATA III but will only work at a lower SATA speed on your laptop. Post back if you need any more help. 

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My laptop hp 15-n029sg was showing the imminent hard drive failure message. I have checked the hard drives through "Check Now" options. Every time I scan some problem is found and I fix it accordingly. But then again it shows some problems are found when scanned again. Is there any way I can find out where the problem is gone or not? Eventually I guess I have to replace the hard drive. Can anyone suggest the proper i.e compatable hard drive for my laptop?

A:Replacement of Imminent Failing Hard disk

Hi, The drive on the link below is an example of one that would be fine for your notebook.  1Tb Notebook Hard Drive. The procedure to replace the Hard Drive starts on Page 77 of your Maintenance & Service Guide. Once done, simply use your Recovery Media to reinstall the Operating System on the new drive - this procedure is detailed in the following HP document. If you don't have your Recovery Media, see if you can order a replacement set using the link below. Order HP Recovery Media.  If you have any problem with this link, try ordering this directly from HP. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. Regards, DP-K

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Hello to all fellow Lenovo owners. Recently, my G570 Hard drive crashed. I  removed it and will purchase anew one but desperately need detailed, specific instructions about formatting, partitioning and installing Windows 7and whatever else is necessary to get up and running. I'm not a techie, but am handy and wiling/able to learn.Thanks in advance for any help. dcnyr


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A:g570 hard disk drive replacement

hi dcnyr,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
 Were you able to Create a Recovery Disc from the old HDD when it was still working? or you have an RCD when you first got the unit?
 Because if you have, you don't have to worry about any partition or procedure just pop the First RCD and just follow the Prompt,
but If you were not able to create set of Recovery CD then,
First you can contact Lenovo To Purchase a recovery CD
and another option is this:
"There's a big possibility that you're able to activate Windows 7 64bit using that COA,
Try to:
1. Create a recovery disc (just in case something goes wrong, you can revert back the preloaded OS)
2. Download and install Belarc Advisor to extract the Windows 7 product key on the BIOS.
3. Download a Windows 7 ISO and burn it using imgburn. Check here how
4. Install Windows 7 using this guide (use the key that you obtained from Step 2 if necessary)."
Hope this helps,

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Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-4F8HK-M4P73-W8DQG
Windows Product Key Hash: Xs1iQgVeo0C+sObJxS7eu+FuBPQ=
Windows Product ID: 00359-OEM-8992687-00057
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7600.2.00010300.0.0.003
ID: {885A901D-B8AC-437A-9497-77D160681927}(2)
Is Admin: No
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7600.win7_ldr.110114-1504
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_02... Read more

A:Invalid Product Key, when activating after a hard disk replacement

The serial used is the OEM SLP key, that is the key the computer was installed with when it left the Toshiba factory. To use that key you have to use the Toshiba recovery disks to reinstall.
If you do a clean install from any other Windows 7 DVD you have to use the serial that is on the case of the computer/laptop.
You could try and call MS support and explain your problem. You might need to call several times as some of the support guys are less friendly than others.....

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I suspect that my 640 GB hard disk (from 2008) is nearing the end of its life and would like to plan for a replacement.There does not appear to be much if any chance to replace such a SCSI disk any more.What is the best type of disk to replace it, and does it need a new controller?I run Vista (original OS) and Windows 7 (new) in a dual boot configuration.It has currently three volumes, a Vista C: drive (c.300 GB), a Windows 7 C: drive (c.300 GB) and the HP "FACTORY_IMAGE" drive 15 GB

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Hi - Yesterday, my Averatec 3250 laptop stopped working and now I cannot boot it up. I am getting a "SMART command failed" and subsequent message about disk read error. It sure sounds like the hard drive is shot. This machine gets light use, so this is very disappointing as I bought it new in late 2004. I was thinking about replacing the hard drive, but there is no information in the user manual. Any advice appreciated.

A:Solved: Averatec 3250 - Hard Disk Replacement

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I have a dell computer with windows vista. It has had several problems. This is the second time I have factory restored the computer. When I did it this time it said to put in the operating system disk. The problem is I can't get the computer to run except for running startup repair. I can get to advanced options like command prompt, system restore, etc. How can I get this disk to work so I can factory restore my computer please help.(Moderator edit: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgw)

A:need help with operating system disk.

Dell instructions as to how to restore to factory condition here: is for a C521 but all Vista machines should be the same.If you need an OS reinstall disk, as long as you are in the US and are the owner of record try the form here: your recovery partition is damaged and you need to reload directly from the OS disk, then you need to set the BIOS to boot from the OS disk.

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I just recently had my old(er) Dell PC (running XP) to crash and I purchased a new Dell. I am quite surprised to see how much better the PCs have gotten over a 7 or 8 year period. Anyway, I noticed that Windows 7 comes already installed on my PC but there is no Windows 7 Operating System disk accompanying it. My question is this: Isn't there a way for me to 'burn' my PC's content onto a disk in case I ever need to reload it onto my PC in the future? Do I use a blank CD or DVD to copy it to and how do I do it? Thank you in advance for your reply and expertise!
Robert Fricks

A:Operating System Disk

Welcome to TSG, Secone.

The following link from Dell's site should help you out.

FYI - You might want to edit your post and remove your email address. Web Crawling Bots might get it, and start spaming you with emails.

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A:make operating system disk

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Any idea why it can't copy the files, or how I can get it to do so?

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I changed my disk drive letters on one of my operating system but i think that i made a mistake. because cannot start up again, as it freezes when the welcome sign shows up, (except this time it doesnt show the welcome sign it shows the windows xp sign. I have two windows xp operating systems and I'm now on other operating system but i was wandering if i can change it on this system. Any help?

A:Changing disk drives on a different operating system?

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Hi I have a currently active post here

Basically my PC is at risk of stopping working at anytime and I wonder the following-

I bought my PC with windows MCE installed, yet I dont have the software, just recovery disks, however due to past problems my hardware setup has changed so the recovery disk are useless. Is there a way, or rather what is the best way of copying my operating system (or total drive contents) to either disks, or if necessary cloning it to another hard drive - and would this other drive (as I don't own it yet) have to be the same size as my current 200GB drives. This becomes slightly more complicated as I have 2 x 200GB drives but I'm sure the operating system is only on one of them.

Sorry if this is really simple I have never done, nor know about cloning. I just hope yor not going to tell me I'll have to fork out for the operating system...

A:copy(clone?) HDs/operating system to another disk

acronis true image is supposed to copy the whole drive over from the posts i have seen

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I Hope I posted this in the right place. When a Microsoft operating system disk (Windows XP Media Edition) is supplied with a new computer is there a limit to the amount of times that you can format your hard drive with it or is it yours to use as often as you wish?
Thanks for any help!

A:Solved: Microsoft operating system disk

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I have a dell xps 13 9333 which was working fine

I restarted it and I got operating system not found

It has a Liteon 512gb msata SSD LMT-512L9M-11

The SSD is detected in bios. I have connected the ssd to a caddy to try and access via another laptop

However I am unable to do that as well

It does not appear in my computer. When i go to disk management it shows disk not initialized and unallocated

If i try to even create a partition it says Cyclic redundancy check

I have attached some images that may help
Currently i am trying to find partitions using minitool partition wizard. its currently on 33%. Will post a screenshot once thats done

Please can anyone advise what I can do as i need to recover my work from it


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I have installed Windows 7 RTM after deleting the existing partition, creating and formatting the drive. I had this issue after installing the RC over Windows XP (not dual boot) but thought I would correct it by deleting the partition on the final release install... but no love...

I've tried changing DISK0 to the first boot device and have tried running these commands from the Command Prompt off the DVD

Bootrec /FixMBR
Bootrec /FixBoot

If I leave the DVD in the drive and don't press anything, it does boot from the harddrive.

Any help is appreciated.


A:Can't boot without install disk - Missing Operating System

Try installing Grub. If configured properly, it should automatically detect your Windows installation and add it to the boot menu. I don't have any tutorials on it, but it shouldn't be too hard to Google for some help.

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I'm trying to format my friends computer but I can't get his OS cd to work. When I reboot his computer with his OS cd, gateway, it says, "No hard disk found, Gateway System Recovery cannot be continued".
But, when I us my OS cd, dell, I can get to part to make a new partitian. What's going on, can I use my Cd to format his computer?

A:my friends operating system disk does not work in his cpu, but mine does...??

You can use your cd to format his drive (assuming its not a recovery disk), but I do not think you will be able to reinstall windows with it.

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I've installed the Windows 7 RTM but cannot boot without the DVD in the drive. I even deleted the partition, created and formated and then reinstalled.

I've tried making Disk 0 the first boot device in the bios and I've tried running:

Bootrec /FixMBR
Bootrec /FixBoot

from the command prompt in the Repair Computer option of the Windows 7 dvd.

I got the same issue when I put the RC on the system but was sure it would be fixed after I deleted the partition and started over. Any help is appreciated.


A:Can't boot without install disk - Missing Operating System

Try VistaBootPro and rewrite the MBR.

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I recently purchased a used Dell Optiplex 760, operating on Windows 7 Professional. It is a core 2 duo 3 gigaherts 2 gigs of ram and Intel onboard graphics. Could I create a complete operating system disk and drivers on 1 dvd copying the Windows folder in programs files. Looking forward to your input. Thank you. KCBC

A:Creating a Windows 7 Professional Operating System Disk

Yes, it's possible but it's not for wimps! It took me 2 years to create Windows7 32bit and 64bit boot discs of my own. Microsoft has scrubbed most of the legit images from the web, so 97% of them are bogus or don't work. I've got some that I used; can't guarantee they still work. Here's some to try:
Windows 7 Direct Download Links, Official Disk Images from Digital River#
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO Image Downloads | Windows 7 Forums
Download Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO ( 32bit / 64bit ) from Microsoft

I've had the best luck with these 3; but due to Microsoft's policies don't wait too long to try them as they may be gone by next week or next month!

Once you download a Windows7 Pro ISO file, I recommend you use the free IMGburn program in my signature link below. If you attempt to create the boot disc on flash drive, use WiNToBootIC. This takes more work however.

You'll then have to go to and download the Windows7 Pro drivers for the Optiplex760. Be sure to install the BIOS flash upgrade first, then the Chipset drivers, then audio, then video, then utilities, then apps, and everything else. Reinstallation of the drivers in this order is MANDATORY! Failure to do so will result in a failed Windows installation almost everytime.

Your alternative is to call Dell on the phone and order the Optiplex 760 RECOVERY DISCS; you can purchase directly from Dell for $29-$99. They take about 2-3 weeks to get shipped to you.

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hey first time poster! i tried to restart my laptop yesterday, and got the error message, operating system not found! i read through alot of solutions on here, tried rebooting with cd rom etc, no joy! i then took out the hd and rebooted with cd rom, and the error is disk error press any key to restart! its and old enough laptop, acer travel mate 250, and i noticed it was very hot underneath, before restarting yesterday, its been working fine upto that! am i screwed? if i get a new hd will it fix it? how much is new hd? thanks very much in advance! dan

A:Disk error press any key to restart, Operating system not found!! Help

and welcome to the Forum

You can run diagnostics on the hard drive

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Could anybody advise me?
My brother recently bought a Hewlett Packard computer with the operating system pre-installed. He has now asked me if I can format & partition his h/d. The problem is that we only have a recovery disk and not the full setup disk.
I contacted HP (UK) to get one and they have told me that as far as Microsoft are concerned they (HP) would be acting illegally. I informed them that a few years ago Tiny sent me one for my own PC so they then told me that Tiny had acted illegally. This morning I contacted Microsoft UK for confirmation of this but was told it is perfecly ok for them to send a disk.
I then rang HP back and informed them of this but they are still refusing to issue one and tell me it is illegal.
This is not meant to be a gripe or a moan about any individual company but an attempt to gain knowledge regarding my problem.
If I can't get hold of a full setup disk how can I do a full system format, partition and re-install an operating system that he has paid to use.
Our only other option would be to buy the operating system (again) or to buy an OEM disk and hardware but surely lots of others must have had the same problem.
Thanks in advance for any advise/info/views in advance.


A:obtaining operating system (XP) setup disk-pre installed sofware

I think HP are behaving badly here and you might approach your local Trading Standards office about them, providing they're operating from a UK address.

That said, however, the only feasible alternative is to buy an XP CD, format, install and activate with the new Product Key to give your brother a fully legal and supported OS. The other way round this is to post details of his problems - why does he want to format? Someone here will help.

If he only wants to partition, there is software that can do this without losing data. Have a look in Control Panel>Administrative Tools>COmputer Management>Disk Management and see what the present partition arrangements are. HP may have left a small partition to store data which responds to their recovery disks.

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Ok, so I wanted to wipe out my hard drive so I used killdisk. After I burned killdisk onto a cd I stuck it into my computer and restarted like it told me, and it went through the wipe out process and glitched at 2% done, it instantly turns to a black screen and says Error loading Operating system. So, I restarted my computer and it shows the blue Dell at first then it turned to a black screen and says Error loading Operating system. I have tried BIOs and getting into setup, I have tried but I think I have figured out that it wouldn't load the cd drive even after I choose select that drive, it keeps going back to the same screen with the error. Please help me!

I ran the diagonostics here is what I got:
Primary SATA
Drive 0: No Device

Secondary SATA
Drive 0: No Device

Primary IDE
Drive 0: Samsung SP0802N/P - PASS
Drive 1: No Device

Secondary IDE
Drive 0: HL-DT-ST GCE-8487B - Diagnostic not supported
Drive 1: No Device
What do I do?!?!?!?!? ahhhhhh

A:Error loading operating system after performing kill disk

Why did you try to wipe your hard drive?See Dell InstructionsI'd say that your hard drive is troubled...but I would download the appropriate Samsung diagnostic and run the long test from the diagnostic CD.

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Hey guys, first post, got a bit of an interesting issue.

Months ago, when I first built this computer, I installed Windows7 on a 120GB SSD drive. A month or so after, I found that I needed more space, so I got a 256GB SSD (installed Windows 7 on it as well), which I've been using since and love. As I expected, when the system booted up, I got a Windows Boot Manager menu asking which of the two Windows 7s I would like to boot to. Makes sense, right? Two drives, both with Windows 7 on them, which does the user want to use? No problem, I'd pick the first, which went to the larger 256GB drive, everything was peachy.

Fast forward to today. I have a new system that I'm building and I figured I'd pop out the 120GB SSD from this machine and use it in the new system, which won't be for gaming so I don't need too much storage. When I popped out the drive, and rebooted, I now get a message that the operating system cannot be found. Something along the lines of the following:

Loading Operating System...Boot Disk Failure

I go into the BIOS, and yep, BIOS sees the 256GB SSD, but I can't boot to it. When I put the Windows 7 install disk in and go to "Repair your computer", and "System Recovery Options", it sees no Operating Systems. It's like something on that 120GB drive was keeping track of the 256GB drive. Did the 120GB drive keep a OS loader of sorts on it that's required to boot off of the 256GB drive?

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A:Loading Operating System ... DISK BOOT FAILURE (2 HDDs)

I just ran Disk Management and see that the 120GB drive has a "System Reserved" partition that the 256GB drive does not:

System Reserved
Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)
Might this be what the 256GB drive is missing?


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You partition the drive into several logical disks, and install the older O/S first, then XP. I recommend you install ME on the D: drive, then XP on the C: drive. That way, when you decide to get rid of ME in the future, you won't have a non-standard installation of XP on the D: drive.

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Alright, I'm a newbie and I was playing around with an old hard drive and took it out of an old computer and put it in my current comp. After formatting the drive I realized I could use the old comp to run (so I could learn) a second operating system.
I am looking for a free OS that is small (needs to fit on a 202 MB hard drive with a Intel 486 processor) any good ideas?
Also most of the OSs I've seen so far have been disk bootable to load onto the hard drive. However, now that I've formatted the old hard drive, if I put it back into the old comp and start it up it wont boot. So can I disk boot a OS on my new comp, load it onto the second hard drive and then just put the hard drive back into the old comp?

If anyone knows of any websites or tutorials that may take you through this it would be a really big help.
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You can load a small version of Linux on that system, and it's an O/S that you may find a use for in the future.

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Heya people,

I've recently acquired Windows 7 on a bootable USB, and everything works well, (especially since my old operating system DIED on me two days ago and i had to resort to this).

Anywho, since i am booting from USB, i was wondering whether i could perhaps copy it onto my hard drive, so i wouldn't have to rely on the USB every time i boot the PC.

Is this possible, and if so, how could i do it?

Many thanks.

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I don't know, but you might want to play around with some hard disk cloning software. They often copy everything that's on it. You can burn what's on it onto a DVD and then copy the DVD onto the hard drive using the cloning application's bootable interface. Try Norton Ghost. I don't guarantee it'll work, but it sounds like a good direction to go.

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I hope someone can help.

I started my computer the other day at before it even tries to load windows it says

BOOTMGR is missing

ive created an Vista recovery disk and ive booted up from that. Once i go into it and click repair it gives the option of picking the operating system. problem is that the C: isnt there to choose. Its like the computer doesnt recognise the hard drive.

When i go into the BIOS it does list the HDD in there.

Im at a loss, i hope i can fix this as i just upload thousands of pictures from a recent trip!!


A:Bootmgr is Missing - Cant load Recovery Disk as Operating System not found

Hi, we do seem to be getting a lot of boot issues lately, this is a summary of what to do, produced by a Tech after a MS boot camp.
I have put code marks around your best option (that is after startup repair failed to resolve the issue):-

You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista or Windows 7:
? A master boot record (MBR)
? A boot sector
? A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store
Note When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using the Windows RE, you should first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box. If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must troubleshoot more steps manually, use the Bootrec.exe tool.
Back to the top
To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Put the Windows Vista or Windows 7 installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then clickNext.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.
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Hi, so as I said in the title, my computer with windows 7 gets stuck at "loading operating system..." and eventually after a few minutes says "Boot from CD/DVD:" followed by "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER". When I restart the computer with the Windows disk in it goes to the same black screen and eventually tells me boot from a CD/DVD and "press any key to boot from a CD drive". If I don't press anything it continues to "windows boot manager" and gives me three options between Windows 7, Windows Vista home premium (recovered) and windows 7 home premium (recovered). From this point on wards I can boot up normally (selecting windows 7) and the computer runs fine. If "press any button" then it loads the Windows disk and ask me whether I want to resolve problems or install a new copy etc... I have tried many on the options with no success.
This has been going on for at least a year now. 
I should note this happened at the same time (If i remember correctly) my brother decided to install a third hard drive into the computer, as far as I can remember the only problem afterwards was the inconvenience of needing to insert the Windows disk upon reboot. This was never really to much of a concern for us until we tried to install windows 10, we thought it would magically fix the problem (hopeful I know) but instead the installation crashes after 12 or hours of installing. Also one last thing, there's hundreds of updates that we can't install (it gets halfway a... Read more

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Yes .. But it'll only work in the computer it was extracted from.

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Is there something special that needs to be done with a sata hard drive in order to put xp on it?
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boot into the recovery console and run

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Make the HP Recovery disks so you can boot them after swapping out the old HD to recover to factory condition: HP Recover Windows 7 Operating System Using HP Recovery - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

However if you'd like a much cleaner Win7 OS without the preinstalled HP crapware and useless factory utilties which have much better versions built into Win7, look over these steps to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

A third option is to save externally a Win7 backup image of your current installation to reimage the new HD once you swap it in: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery
or use free Macrium - Image your system

Here's a video on how to change out the HD. Be sure to guard against static shock by touching the case before touching any electronics.

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I have my Windows XP operating system installed in the C Drive it came with. I recently installed a larger hard drive in a 2nd slot for it. Now, how do I successfully transfser the operating system on the original Drive C to the new hard drive, so I can boot up with it. Since the computer (Dell 4600) is a cable select system, I would then have to physically swap the locations of the 2 hard drives. I am afraid that it I simply copy the original C drive onto the new hard drive and then do a physical swap, it won't boot up properly.

Ernie Endes

A:Transfer XP Operating system to a new hard drive

Welcome to TSF!

You need to clone the drive, then change their positions on the cable before rebooting. If either drive is a Seagate/Maxtor or Western Digital, they have free software available to do that.

Imaging Software

Macrium Reflect
DriveImage XML
Easeus Todo Backup
If you have a Seagate HD, you can use this, which is based on Acronis:
Seagate DiscWizard
And from Western Digital:
Acronis True Image WD Edition Software

Acronis True Image
DriveImage XML
Macrium Reflect
Norton Ghost

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A:No Operating System Found.. New Hard Drive?

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A:"operating System Not Found" Even With New Hard Drive!

Did the hard disk had an OS?

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A:Installing an OEM XP Operating System on a new hard drive

Do you have a XP cd?

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Thanks, Jeremy

A:adding an operating system to a second hard drive

Linux can be set to use unused space meaning unformatted partitions. I would suggest partitioning the drive but let linux format it. You'll have to be careful during the installation when it comes to the partition part but don't worry you can go forward or back in sequence.

Hope this helps...

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Any ideas?? I need to get this laptop up and running again.

A:operating system not found - new hard drive

galaga-girl said:

. I can't seem to enter the BIOS either because when I hit F8 it does nothing.Click to expand...

Are you sure the computer uses F8 to enter the BIOS mode? Windows uses F8 at start up to let you chose what mode you want to run. Some computer may use the DEL, ESC or the F2 key to access the BIOS settings at start up.

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A:Error Loading Operating System on New Hard Drive

Here are the main causes to this dilemma
1. The computer's BIOS does not support the computer hard disk drive's size or settings.
2. Computer Hard disk drive is not properly setup in CMOS.
3. Issue with drive's partitions.
*Problem sources is from link below*

Here is a link that may give you the answer your looking for

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A:Best and or easiest way to switch operating system to a new hard drive?

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I have a computer running windows XP but our family has a computer running Vista. Can I use an external hard drive to make a mirror image of the Vista computer's hard drive and use it to boot Vista on the XP computer if I have it be the master Hard Drive.

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I don't mean to put a wet blanket on your idea, but most would say no...can't boot from an external hard drive. However...hope runs eternal...check the guides forum and you will see there are some who say, "yes you can." Unfortunately I can't remember the different authors names, but one specifically said he couldn't get a specific hard drive to run only on the original computer, as the original topic of one guide, but he tried a different means and got it to boot....on most computers, not just the original.
I'm trying to do something very similar to your idea, unfortunately I'm not well versed in DOS and boot systems so it is slow going for me.

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I am running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 4). I currently have a 4-gig SCSI hard drive divided into three partitions. Partition 1 (2 gigs) is my C drive and contains all of my software. Partition 2 (2 gigs) is known as D and is used as “MY DOCUMENTS” drive. Partition 3 (47 MB) is named my E drive and is used as a “RECYCLE” bin. These drives are in FAT format.

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A:Partioning Hard Drives under Windows NT Operating System

Welcome to TSG.

There are many reasons to have multiple partitions, and others for not having them. It will end up being a persoal choice, as neither is better than the other.

Having one large partition means that you never have to woryy about one partition running out of space, and having to move files around to other partitions, or restructuring. however, it takes an age and a day to defrag, scandisk, and AV scan one large drive!

Having multiple partitions allows you to save certain files to specific drives. It is also much handier to run defrag, scandisk, and AV scans. The problem is allocating enough to each partition, to make it small enough for the system tools to run effectively, and yet large enouhgh that you shouldn't run out of space soon.

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Hey guys i have a windows XP Pro comp and i want to replace the current hard drive( 20 GB set as the master) with a 60GB i have set as a slave hard drive. Anyone have any ideas on how i would download and install windows xp on the new hard drive? I have no discs for it. Thx in advance

A:[SOLVED] Putting a Operating system on a new hard drive

most hd manufacturers have a app available to do it or use this method

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Normally I would say you start with option 3.
But you say it failed.
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Since these will not be parititoned, you can now partition them with if you want.

Although normally , the XP installer will not only partition but also format the drive when it installs.
contains a nice step by step of installing XP

Indicates that you do have a windows XP installer.

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A:Installing a 2nd operating system on external hard drive

XP won't install to an external drive. Is your machine capable of booting from USB?

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Well my hard drive finally died and I need to replace it. I have never done anything like this so I'm kind of nervous about doing this. I was running a raid 0 configuration before but this time I'm only going with a single 500 gig hard drive. The guy that built it for me no longer lives in my state so he can't help me. I have found a sata hard drive and a oem operating system for around $150.00, can someone help me out with advice on installing the hard drive and the operating system, TY

A:Need help/avice on installing new hard drive and operating system

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I have searched all over the internet, but I still haven't figure this out.
I'm having a laptop, with Windows 7 Pro 32bits installed, and I would like to install a second hard disk in the place of the DVD-RW (I will buy an extension slot, it exists). The second hard drive already have Windows7 Pro 64bits, with everything installed for the computer, but at the moment I am changing them each time I need to boot the other and is very annoying.

I would need to know, how could I set the hard disks that, when I will chose from BIOS to Boot from Hard Disk HDD0, to boot from it with no issues, and to have the other hard disk (HDD1 maybe), deactivated, and not available in Windows.
And when I need HDD1, to set from BIOS to boot from it, and also, to have in the second windows, the HDD0 unavailable.

Also, it is not possible to change anything on HDD0, neither its location. I can do whatever I want with the HDD1.

I need this complicated thing because I use one of the hard disks for work, one for home, and I would like to don't mix things up. And it is very difficult to get around with to laptops.
Both HDDs have 2 partitons.

Thank you in advance!

A:2 Hard Drives, 2 Operating system, Separate boot

No answer?
Is it impossible to make it work somehow?

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My computer crashed, I put in my recovery CD and it said
"Operating system: Unknown on (Unknown) Local Disk"

Then i went into the command prompt and put "diskpart", then "list disk", and it shows up like this:

DISKPART> list disk

DISK ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
--------- -------- ------ ----- --- ---
Disk 0 .. No Media 0 B 0 B

Will I have to get a new hard drive? Should I put "select disk 0" and then "clean"?

A:Damaged Hard Drive? No operating system nor HD can be found

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I would like to describe a problem, the solution I arrived at, and put a question to the Forum.
I recently re-arrange my 4 500GB SATA drives to provide better cooling. The system rebooted fine but every two or three days on booting Vista would kick me back to the BIOS starting screen, or, completely freeze, requiring a reboot. The system then wouldn't boot saying it couldn't find an operating system. Turning the computor off, and a restart would fix the problem until the next time. I resolved this by rearranging my hard drives so that Vistas C drive was the Motherboards logical boot drive. An obvious solution. My question is two fold. Why would BIOS find the Boot Drive sometimes and not others (The disks are not faulty), I perhaps don't fully understand how SATA operates, and, Is this the solution or a fix that masks another problem. I have had no further problems to date.

A:Sata Hard Drives and Vista Operating System

Hi Norm,

When you rearranged your drives, did you disconnect the cables from them whilst you were doing so? It is possible that you didn't connect the drives back to their original port on the motherboard when you wired them back up. Check this, and also check that all cables are securely fitted.

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I have a hard drive I recovered from my old Dell laptop when the motherboard gave out. Originally, I just put it in an external hard case and have been using it as external storage. Now it is getting filled up, so I would like to reformat it to remove the OS partition (Vista) to give me access to the entire drive. I have removed and baked up all my files, but cannot find a way to repartition the drive to remove the OS volume. Disk manager will not let me access that volume to delete it - nor will diskpart. In fact, only the non-OS volume even shows up with a drive letter in diskpart.

I would really appreciate some help. I have searched the web but have only been able to find info on how to reformat the main hard drive...and this is definitely NOT what I want to do.


A:Reformat External Hard Drive with Operating System

Try this program - preferably the bootable CD: Free Partition Magic alternative. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows 7/VISTA/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2000.

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I am using a tool called Partition Master 9.1.1 and recently I partitioned my hard drive to have Ubuntu 10.04 on it. This is a school laptop so I was having fun experimenting with Linux tools on the Windows XP partition. Now I need to remove the Ubuntu partition, but every time I remove it and reboot it it says "Error File System Unknown" in the booting screen and I have to reinstall Ubuntu 10.04 again just so I can see the multiboot option to go back to Windows XP. Is there some way I can move the multiboot sequence so Windows XP is first? Or do I wipe the Ubuntu partition and merge the partitions? Thank you.

A:[SOLVED] Removing an operating system off of a Hard Drive

How to Remove Ubuntu Dual Boot XP |
Then delete the Ubuntu partition with Partition Master.

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when starting my computer, and no boot disk is inserted, i get the error message:"HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK PRESS ENTER" when a boot disk is inserted, windows xp starts up if no button is pressed after a boot disk is inserted. I cant work out how to boot from hard disk immediately, and it is set as primary boot device. ANY help would be greatly appreciated!!!

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk Press Enter

Just go into the Bios and (For my motherbaord) in Advanced BIOS Features, set primary, seconday etc boot devices as you like.

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hi sir,im vijay..
im usin 2tb segate new hard disk my system i cant able to boot my os and also my hard disk ...its showin that hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter ...i restarted many times its sayin the same my gigabite mobo bios my hard disk is not get detected sir....the problem is that wen im installin the new os for 2nd time its all went nice only sir but at the completion of the os it wil ask for the user name and password but in my system its frozen sir fully of black screen and i cant able to do anythin so i restarted my system from that im gettin this error as hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter.....that my new hard disk and all of my data is in that hard disk only..this problem arises wen im installing the os for 2nd time sir...till now its showin the same error sir...

plz help so confused..

A:hard disk boot failure insert system disk press enter

Repair MBR:

Boot From the Windows Install Disc
The first thing you?ll need to do is boot off the install disc, and then click through until you see the ?Repair your computer? link in the lower left-hand corner.
You?ll need to choose the correct installation of Windows and then click the Next button.
And then you?ll get to the System Recovery Options screen, where you can get to the Command Prompt.

Repairing the Master Boot Record:

If you want to restore the master boot record, you can simply type in the following command:

bootrec /fixmbr

You can also write a new boot sector onto the system partition with this command (which is often more useful):

bootrec /fixboot

And of course, if you just use bootrec /? you?ll be able to see all the options.

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I've got a problem with my brothers laptop.

It is an old AMS Power CD, with win. 95. When I turn it on, it begins to boot. The screen reads:
BIOS 1.23, CPU = Pentium 100 MHz
640K System RAM Passed
23552K Extended RAM Passed
256K Cache SRAM Passed
System BIOS Shadowed
Video BIOS Shadowed
Mouse Initialized

Then in a red flashing box in the middle of the screen it reads: "Couldn't reset hard disk system Save to Disk feature is disabled"

Then, "Operating system not found" below

I would much appreciate any help or assistance I can find.

A:Couldn't reset hard disk system, save to disk feature is disabled

I'd bet the harddrive has a loose connection or completely failed. If you don't know how to take it apart and check it take it to an expert.

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Hi i have a 74 Gb western digital hard drive with C: and D: drives (i partitioned them)
the D: drive has all my gaming applications on it and the C: drive has all the files for windows/and other crap like firefox, etc.

I was once reformatting to XP from Vista and in the middle of reformat my computer shut down causing a major problem. the answer was my graphics card died... now i have an EVGA 256Mb 8600GT with DX10. I brought the drive to my neighbors house and he can use it just fine, it boots and everything... but... the problem is that when i bring it to my house, and i insert the drive it goes to the Nvidia Boot Agent and after a while displays HARD DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER. My current BIOS Boot order is Floppy, CD, and then Hard Disk. I don't know why it wont boot, but the copy of XP has been verified and it works great on my friends computer... why won't it start on mine?
Please help me !

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Hey Guys,

Looking for your advice and any links if any...cheers in advance

My Situation

In December 2009 I purchased a Toshiba Qosmio X500 - Model No. PQX33A-00X00J

At the time I upgraded my purchase from Toshiba Reseller BD4U, going from the standard 1x 500GB Sata drive + 1x 64GB SSD... to instead having 2x 500GB sata drives. I purchased with 3 year onsite next business day warranty, that is is now expired.

It came loaded with MS Win 7 Premium Home Edition - but no disks provided.
My Needs
I need/want to factory reset my PC - its starting to run slowI need to re-partition from my existing 4x partitions to just having 2
The Issues
Possibly as a result of upgrading the disk drives at time of purchase, I don't believe I have a hidden Recovery partition in order to do a System Recovery from the Hard Disk Drive - see image of my current partitions attached I don't have Win 7 OS installation disks or Toshiba Driver disks as they should have been installed by Toshiba
My Questions
Do You agree that I DONT have a Recovery Partition - when looking at the partition image? I'm confused on this point coz people say its hidden!?Given I have no Toshiba Drivers Disk or Windows 7 OS disks - what should I do? I'm thinking of downloading Win 7 (use my product key from sticker under PC) and making a disk/USB (but need to learn how)Is this where I get ALL necessary Toshiba drivers for my PC from?Does Toshiba provide a link on its site and instructions on where to get Win 7 ... Read more

A:Qosmio X500/00X System Recovery (Factory Reset) From Hard Disk Drive or Separate Disk

Sorry the model is Qosmio X500/00X

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I formatted my hard drive today and after a reboot I got the message: "Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk And Press Enter" If I insert my Vista disk, hit f8 at startup and go to boot screen, click on boot from CD, then bypass the boot from CD option it will start Vista. I have checked my boot sequence and it shows booting from the right drive. My hard drives are SATA. Im stumped fellas......

Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe Motherboard
Two Hard drives but the second just for backup (not in RAID)

This is what my system information tool says on the hard drives:

Type Vendor Model Size Interface Temperature
Direct Access Device HDS72258 0VLSA80 SCSI Disk Device 82 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device Western Digital WDC WD16 00AAJS-60PSA SCSI Disk Device 160 GBytes IDE RAID
Direct Access Device SanDisk SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device 1019 MBytes USB USB
DVD TSSTcorp SanDisk U3 Cruzer Micro USB Device USBSTOR RAID

A:Hard Disk Boot Failure Insert System Disk


Changed my partition to active and re-booted, gave me this: "BOOTMGR missing"

Tried to repair with CD and the operating system was showing up on D:, dont know if this is usual but thought it show show C:

Went to Cromt in repair option and tried to rebuild bootmgr with this command:
"bootrec/rebuildbcd" restarted computer............BOOTMGR missing

Was then able to boot from second hard drive (D from boot screen.......finally gave up and formatted fine now.

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Hi, please can you help?

I have a 250Gb Seagate Barracuda ATA internal hard drive which is mounted in a Safecom usb/firewire external caddy. It has 2 partitions; a 15Gb FAT32 drive and the rest divided into 2 logical NTFS drives of 160Gb and 60Gb.

I have only had the disk a couple of months. Shortly after I purchased the disk I had a power failure whilst scan disk was running on one of the NTFS drives. Upon reboot XP did not recognise the NTFS drives reporting that the file system was corrupt, the FAT32 drive was fine and accessible.

I managed to recover all my files (mostly mp3s and movie files) from both NTFS drives using GetDataBack, reformatted the disk, replaced the partitions for good measure and reinstalled my backup.

Since then I haven't really had cause to use the disk so it has remained switched off but today I needed to transfer some files across for backup purposes. Having done this I then did a bit of housekeeping; deleted a few files and moved a few folders around on the disk. Then explorer crashed and after I managed to recover from the explorer crash I found that the NTFS partitions were once again inaccessible in XP. XP reporting that the file system is corrupt once again. Once again the FAT32 drive is accessible.

I am currently running GetDataBack again, and it looks likely that it might find all the files again (I hope). I originally purchased the disk to backup my main hard drive which I needed to perform a clean install on, this has been done.... Read more

A:hard disk file system corrupt and disk not accessible

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Ok here me out, I have an old windows millenium pc I completely Destroyed the hard drive, Meaning theres completely Nothing on it.

Im trying to put windows xp on it using the windows millenium pc but im getting a invalid boot diskette error When im not even trying to use a diskette, So,

Is there a way i can hook up the desktop harddrive to my laptop install the operating system and then move the hard drive back onto the desktop machine?

Is it possible? Thanks for listening

A:Installing an operating system on a desktop hard drive on a laptop

It might work with an eSata port - if you have one on your laptop.

Here is a solution for Windows7 for USB attached HDDs. Not sure whether that would work for XP.

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Hi guys, thanks for looking.

I've been attempting to install windows on an advent 9515 with a new hard drive however all of the usb boot disks I create return "Operating system not found" I've tested them at boot in other computers and they work fine there. I have tried with windows 7 and 8, I have succeeded with installing ubuntu onto the machine (so the machine at least works).

I have tried other hard drives with windows already installed on them with the same effect, I would have expected it to at least try and load then error out after that. What is going on here?

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My hard drive quit working on my HP Pavillion 23-g013w all in one computer. I replaced it with a new 1 TB hard drive. I also installed new 16 gb Crucial memory upgrade.   All the new "hardware " is installed in the computer  . When it came on  it said"Please install operating system on your pc" I ran the memory check and the hard drive check and they both passed. I got this All in one at walmart 2 years ago and it did not come with the recovery disc or they have been lost.  Is there a way to hook it up with ethernet and download the  software I need ? If not , what is my next best option ...or  step ? Thank you .

View Solution.

A:recovery of operating system, replaced hard drive and memory...

Thank you for the help.  I will continue to "hold"     on the line.........  Have a nice day.aaron

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Here is the problem (system specs at end): on a few occasions I boot up my Windows 7 system and the "BTMgr is missing" error message. When I disconnect all drives except for C: system boots up fine. When I put back in all 'extra' drives, error message comes back. Putting them back in one at a time gives me only one drive that seems to be bringing about the error. Is this a Windows 7 issue or a hard drive one? System has an AMD Phenom 9850 QuadCore processor, 8GB mem, two ATI Radeon HD 4800 graphics cards, C drive is 1TB Hitachi, the other six internal drives are Hitachis also and go between 500gb and 1tb. There are also three hot-swap drives in the unit and they have never been an fact just used one of those to do a complete image of the original C drive and that imaged drive is the one that just booted up for me and is running the machine right now.

If the drive that seems to be "causing" BTMgr message to issue is bad, how is it that a bad secondary drive can by causing the sort of error message that pops up before Windows starts? This is new to me.....

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions...

A:BTRmgr is missing: operating system or hard drive issue?

Welcome to TSF

Check you BIOS setting making sure the correct drive is set for first boot device.
You can also place the drive that gives you the issue as the main drive and run their Hard Drive Diagnostics Utility. to test the drives integrity

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