Hard Drive not booting up windows

By leland16 ·
So my girlfriends comp was running low on space. I had a spare HD I went ahead and installed, turned it on, didnt boot up. I took it out looked at the pins and they were bent!! So I went ahead and booted her original HD back to start up Windows and it won't boot. I see the screen to access bios, but after that I get a cursor blink at the top left. No further than that. I can also see that the hard drive is being read, it shows "38000mb partition" or whatever when i repair it. This is really bugging me cus it was her computer that I messed up . I have tried Windows XP disc repair didnt work. Messed with jumpers didnt work. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance.


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Try a different data cable.....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Hard Drive not booting up ...

It's possible the bent pins on the 2nd hard drive have shorted the data cable. Try a different one.

Also, have you pressed F2 (or whatever you do to get into the BIOS) and gone in to autodetect the old hard drive again?

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Tried that...

by leland16 In reply to Try a different data cabl ...

The hardrive is detected when I go in BIOS.
I changed the data cables and I'm still stuck on the blinking cursor screen. help me lol

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