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Black screen w/blinking cursor after hdd install

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November 29, 2012 10:01:51 PM

Hi all,
I tried to upgrade my dad's Dell Dimension 4600 with a new hard drive. He currently has a 40 gb IDE drive. I tried to install a 500 gb WD sata drive. After installing it I booted up the computer and the BIOS recognized it and I was able to access it. I then tried to copy the old hard drive onto the new one with the manufacturer's software and the computer restarted. Now the BIOS recognizes the new 500 gb sata drive, but when the computer passes BIOS it goes to a black screen with a black cursor. If I unplug the new sata drive the computer boots up just fine. I have the old IDE drive set as primary master and the cd-rom set up as primary slave. I've tried the sata drive on both primary and secondary and I get the same results. He is running windows xp sp3. Does anyone know how to fix this or give me any insight?
November 29, 2012 10:07:36 PM

Edit: The drives are setup as the IDE drive being the primary master and the cd-rom is the secondary master.
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November 29, 2012 10:15:32 PM

You have 2 hard drives with operating systems installed? Remove IDE HD or copy needed files from it and format.

On 2nd thought......disconnect the IDE HD to insure that the OS was successfully copied to the WD.
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November 29, 2012 10:18:07 PM

The OS is istalled on the IDE hdd. The sata drive is brand new with nothing on it.
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November 30, 2012 2:28:13 AM

Sounds like your computer is booting up to the SATA drive, which is empty.
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December 5, 2012 11:25:44 PM

How should I go about fixing that?
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December 6, 2012 3:11:13 AM

In the boot sequence in the bios you need to change the order of boot drives so that the drive with the OS on it boots first.
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December 6, 2012 5:01:23 AM

Alright thanks. I'll give that a shot next time I'm over there.
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