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OS Won\'t Boot After Adding old hard Drive

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August 8, 2012 4:47:26 PM

I added my old hard drive to my tower to see what is still on it,
and now xp won't boot up.
Can someone please help me

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a b G Storage
August 8, 2012 4:50:11 PM

Are your drives IDE? If so you want to make sure the hard drive you added is not set to master.
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a b G Storage
August 8, 2012 4:56:32 PM

^that, if they're IDE. If they are SATA, check the hard drive boot priority in your BIOS and make sure the correct drive is [still] the boot drive.
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August 8, 2012 4:57:34 PM

Most likely you have a slave/master issue. I'm assuming that since you said its an old hard drive, its IDE/ata100. first steps, remove the hard drive and see if the computer acts normal again. second, if that solves the problem there is likely your issue. third, if you can, put the hard drive on a separate channel, this may involve removing the cable from your cd/dvd drive. plug that ribbon into your hard drive, and boot the computer. if both drives show up fine then you likely have a master/slave issue. if it doesn't show up the logic board on the drive may be toast.
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August 8, 2012 5:14:53 PM

djdepraved said:
Most likely you have a slave/master issue. I'm assuming that since you said its an old hard drive, its IDE/ata100. first steps, remove the hard drive and see if the computer acts normal again. second, if that solves the problem there is likely your issue. third, if you can, put the hard drive on a separate channel, this may involve removing the cable from your cd/dvd drive. plug that ribbon into your hard drive, and boot the computer. if both drives show up fine then you likely have a master/slave issue. if it doesn't show up the logic board on the drive may be toast.


Thanks djdepraved, removing the hd did the trick, there is another open slot on the ribbon I'll try that in a little while and
update thread.

thanks Again
Mikey B
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August 8, 2012 5:15:22 PM

djdepraved said:
Most likely you have a slave/master issue. I'm assuming that since you said its an old hard drive, its IDE/ata100. first steps, remove the hard drive and see if the computer acts normal again. second, if that solves the problem there is likely your issue. third, if you can, put the hard drive on a separate channel, this may involve removing the cable from your cd/dvd drive. plug that ribbon into your hard drive, and boot the computer. if both drives show up fine then you likely have a master/slave issue. if it doesn't show up the logic board on the drive may be toast.


Thanks djdepraved, removing the hd did the trick, there is another open slot on the ribbon I'll try that in a little while and
update thread.

thanks Again
Mikey B
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August 8, 2012 7:24:07 PM

Best answer selected by mikeybandb.
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August 8, 2012 7:31:50 PM

djdepraved had it right,I pluged it into an empty slot on the ribbon.
it booted right up, then the found new hardware wizard found it.
Thanks Again...

mikey B
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August 9, 2012 3:51:02 AM

Ah! You're welcome!
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