Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:11 AM
Howdy. About four years ago I began toying around with computers. I had an outdated Compaq tower that a bought off a friend. One of the first things I discovered how to do was install a second internal hard drive. At one point a I was popping one in and out like an external via USB. So when it was finally time to upgrade I figured I could save only the hard drive and plug it into another computer one day. The years passed, and the other day I trash-picked a Compaq that resembled my old one. I hooked her up, flipped the switch (button whatever) and received the following message:
Windows could not start because the following files is missing or corrupt <Windows root>system 32\hal.dll Please reinstall a copy of the above file
Not a big deal, I don't really want the hard drive that was already in the comp and i figured it would be wiped. I popped out the original hard drive and plugged in my old hard drive from years ago. This is where I receive the message:
Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk and press enter.
A quick look online told me that I need a version of windows on disk to get her to boot up. However I do not want to format the hard drive, I wish to run the drive so I can access my old info. I don't actually need the computer. Is this possible?