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Windows won't boot, new HD, just cursor at top of screen


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#1 base363

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

So I was having issues with my desktop. (gateway)

 

I hardly ever use it, and the warrantee expired. Had BB geek squad look at it, and
they thought the HD had failed.

 

Bought a new HD (1tb and the same one that was originally installed)

I already had the Systems disks for the computer, so I reloaded
everything.  Windows 7.

 

Everything loads up, but when it goes to boot, it stops at the blinking
cursor?

 

Wondering if the HD needs to be partitioned, or what could be happening?

 

Any advice?

 



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

Hi base363!

 

When you say you reloaded everything, this means you did an OS installation on the new HD right?


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:35 PM

That's correct.  I had reloaded the system on the old HD when I first started having problems.  At first if worked fine.  Now with the new HD, I loaded the same disks, and just get the cursor.



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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:10 PM

Hmm. This could be an issue where the old HDD got picked by the BIOS to be the boot disk.

 

Try going to to the BIOS and check if the new HDD is selected as the boot disk.


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:07 PM

The HDD is selected.  If it's all loaded to that HD, could it still be looking for another one?  I also have the recovery disk, and I have changed the boot to go to the disk driver to get that to work, but once it boots to the HD, it still stops at the cursor?



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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:59 AM

What specific Gateway system is this?

 

Recovery disks often require a hidden partition installed on the hard drive.  If you used such for your install effort, that could be problem.

 

If you have a MS Win 7 DVD which was not provided by the manufacturer...did you try the Startup Repair feature/function?

 

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

Try reseating your memory sticks. Pop them out and put them back in. Also try booting up with just one. Might be a bad stick.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

figured it out.  had to get to the c: and format the drive.  then the system disk alowed me to set-up a partition for the os.  once that was done, the recovery disks loaded and windows loaded up fine.  thanks for the input and advice.






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