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Operating System Cannot Be Found.

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#1 gnit2


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Posted 29 May 2008 - 10:50 PM

I'm trying to hook my old hard drive up to this computer, whenever I hook it up and turn it on a message is sent to me somewhat like this "Operating System cannot be found" .. I can't remember exactly what it says but it's something like that.. I know for a fact there's an operating system on the hard drive, any help would be appreciated, thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 11:53 PM

This is often caused by a faulty hard drive. First double check all the connections and then try running a diagnostic on it.
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Posted 29 May 2008 - 11:57 PM

Hi gnit2, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Is the a IDE/ATA hdd, or a SATA hdd.

If it is a IDE/ATA hdd how are you connecting?

If it is a IDE/ATA hdd and you took this out of another computer and connected as the Master drive in another computer you may have generated enough problems that the operating system is now toast. If you are having trouble sleeping this article will either explain why this happens or put you to sleep.

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 04:24 AM

It really depends on the reason you are hooking up the drive. If this is just to copy files from the old machine to the new one then I would advise changing the jumper on the drive to slave and installing the drive on a seperate IDE / Sata port. This will then show as having 2 drives when the system loads.
The other issue could be the boot order and the Boot.ini file on the drive. The system will try and allocate the drive as a master as C:\ if the boot.ini file on the other drive is pointed to a different drive location this will cause a problem. This normally happens if a drive is a slave drive on a machine with XP installed and the Boot.ini file is on a primary drive that is still located in the old machine. This is a common issue for people that run multiple drives. I am not sure if this is in your case I just thought I would throw it out there just in case.

If you could advise for what purpose you are trying to use the old drive that would help in us giving advise to resolve your issue.

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