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#1 Hindu


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Posted 09 January 2006 - 11:45 PM

I took out my hard drive from me other comp. to put into my xbox. :thumbsup:

I bought a new hard drive so can start using my comp.

I run the cd from the Boot start up, and it finds the drive,etc......
then is say to install. etc...
when it all done the comp restarts.
As the comp is booting up again the cd boot up again. To the same setup. :flowers:


the hd i get is a Maxtor...

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#2 someguy3211111


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 02:20 AM

If i understand you correctly it sounds like the computer is still booting off the CD. During install, when it reboots the first time quickly hit DEL or whatever button will get your computer into BIOS...set the Maxtor (assuming it's the hard drive) as the only boot device and it should continue from there. Good luck! ; )

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 02:37 AM

Yes, the boot sequence is a user set configuration in BIOS.

Boot devices are:
Floppy Drive (if you have one)
CD ROM (or equivalent ie, CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD ROM or DVD RW)
Hard drive (the one with the OS on it, if more than one are present on the PC)

BIOS will probably give you 3 devices to use.

First boot device would be the floppy, for those who still use it for diagnostic boot disks.
First boot device will be ignored infavor of the next on the list, if no media is present.

Second boot device if it is the CD-ROM AND a CD (media) is present it will boot from it
Third boot device therefore, is the last one the small OS that BIOS is locates.

Fastest boot would be:
First boot device, hard drive.

But, if the hard drive boot initialization ever gets compromised, and that problem includes access to the BIOS console itself, you're in trouble.

So, use all three in a sequence that compromises speed of boot with safety of the CD or Floppy being available for the install CD or other boot disks, I think.

I use:
1st Floppy (left empty)
2nd CD_RW (left empty)
3rd HD

opinions/preferences vary on this point of computer organization
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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