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I changed my hard drive but now Windows won\'t start

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January 30, 2013 3:45:07 PM

I installed a different hard drive in my PC, then used answers from this forum to make the new HD the primary master. I think this worked, except that Windows (XP) doesn't start. Help please!

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January 30, 2013 6:43:16 PM

Was XP already installed on that hard drive from another PC? If so, then that almost never works right, and you must reinstall XP on the new hard drive so it can properly detect your hardware.
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January 31, 2013 3:01:15 PM

Did you actually install Windows on that new drive? You can't just plop a new drive in and make it a master, you need to install Windows on it.
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February 10, 2013 1:53:02 PM

PhilFrisbie said:
Was XP already installed on that hard drive from another PC? If so, then that almost never works right, and you must reinstall XP on the new hard drive so it can properly detect your hardware.


Thanks for getting back to me. I think the lesson I need to take from this particularly irritating computer experience is "leave the work to those who know how to do it". My PC is now working, after an intervention by experts, and I've only lost self-respect and a quantity of data. So it goes.
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February 10, 2013 1:55:45 PM

Best answer selected by martin_55.
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