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"operating System Not Found" Even With New Hard Drive!


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#1 amo1976

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:39 PM

I just inherited a Compaq EVO N115 and within a week I got the hard drive click of death and "Operating System Not Found." so I ordered a new hard drive, same as the old one (IBM TravelStar 10GB.) I got it today, put it in my computer, and there is no click, but I get the same message! Am I missing something really obvious like having to initialize it or something? Help! And thank you!

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:53 PM

Did the hard disk had an OS?

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 04:54 PM

You will need to install Windows XP onto the new hard drive.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:54 PM

"Operating system not found" is sometimes just an indication that the system is trying to boot from the wrong source/location.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/321626

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 06:49 PM

A new hard drive typically comes with nothing installed on it. So you'd have to use your recovery disks to reinstall the operating system on this Compaq computer. If this is the case, then the "Operating System not found" message makes sense.

If the operating system is already installed, then there's some difficulty with the system recognizing the disk. The first thing to check would be the connections and the jumper on the drive (to ensure it's set the same as the old drive). If the computer can't recognize the MBR (Master Boot Record), then it can't locate the Boot Sector for the hard drive and won't be able to load Windows.

There's many steps to look at for the stuff in the second paragraph, so please let us know which situation we're dealing with and we can move on from there.
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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, guys--I don't imagine it came with anything on it as I ordered it from overstock.com. I don't have recovery disks--the place i work was getting rid of their old stuff and they didn't provide them. Guess I'll have to get my hands on some...

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 08:55 PM

If you contact the manufacturer of your computer they may send you a set of disks for a nominal fee.
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