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Old 01-09-2006, 08:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I search for about 15min and couldnt find anything helpful.

Here is my situation. I had a dell for about 2 years and bought a new one. Something happend to the old one and I couldnt get IE to work on it anymore. So I took the HD out of the old one and put it in the new one to put the newer version of XP with the SP2. When I put it back in the old one it wont boot. I cant even get it to recognize the D drive. I put a XP boot disk in and when I get into dos I try to type cd\d: and I get invalid directory. help please. Thanks
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you took the hard drive out with an operating system on it, put it on another pc and then put it back?
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Thats the problem. You can't do that..Well I mean physically yes you can, but it wont boot. Is the drive at least detected by the BIOS?
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no the bios doesnt detect it
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you might as well reinstall xp on it
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you took the hard drive out with an operating system on it, put it on another pc and then put it back?
Yes i took it out with all the stuff on it. Installed the xp version from the new install disk and put it back in the other. As you can tell I dont know squat about this stuff. Forgive my ignorance.
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not a problem. but why did you take it out to install xp?
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it already had xp on it, but the IE wasnt working right. So I figured if I installed the one from the new computer it would work ok.
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all you need to do is pop in the cd and install it on that pc. go ahead and do it.
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i have the hard drive in the old computer and it wont boot. I cant get the computer to recognize the D drive. It doesnt even show up in the Bios. it should be under removable devices right?
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