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Old 11-01-2008, 03:51 AM   #1
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i have a 40 gig hard drive that im trying to replace with a 160 gig, i have an older computer and both these hard drives use EIDE cables to connect to the motherboard

so i unplug the current harddrive and use the same cables n everything and plug the 160 gig hd in and start up my pc

gets past the windows page but then goes to a black screen and just sits there with the constant blinking of an _

can anybody help me with this process
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Old 11-01-2008, 03:53 AM   #2
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if its a Brand New HDD, you would need to install an OS.
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its not its an old one from another computer
also the computer i got it from was crashed and had a system32 error
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majority of a time, changing a motherboard would have to reformat Windows on the HDD.
Now you might say you didnt change the Motherboard, but you actually did if you think about it.
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Old 11-01-2008, 04:21 AM   #5
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so theres no way to get it to work on my pc?
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if you reinstall another OS it will.
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Yeah i second teny,it's all got to do with the motherboard drivers and various things like that.You need to re-install XP.
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ok, so if i was to use it for a new build should it work properly?
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If the 160GB drive has XP installed on it, you could pop in the XP install CD and try to do a repair install as shown here: XP Repair Install.

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If the 160GB drive has XP installed on it, you could pop in the XP install CD and try to do a repair install as shown here: XP Repair Install.
yes the drive does have windows xp installed on it thats why i thought it was going to work when i plugged it into my computer... but yes it should have xp but its from a crashed pc that had a system32 error
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