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By tommysessions ·
My computer is on DSL, w/winXP Pro, wife's puter not on net w/win98. Hooked up D-Link Wireless Router, put a hard drive w/XP Pro in hers. Puter says operating system cannot be found. Put Win98 back in, get same message. Both hds will work in my puter. What did I do to cause this? Thanks, in th Lord, Tommy!

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by TheChas In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

First off, Windows NT, 2000, and XP do not take well to moving the hard drive from 1 PC to another. Unless all of the hardware is nearly identical.

As to your problem, I suspect a loose or damaged IDE cable. Or incorrect jumper settings on the drive.

Other possibilities include:

New drive is too large for the BIOS on the older computer.

The BIOS is not set to auto detect for hard drives, and does not detect the change in hard drives.

I personally "strongly" advise you to NOT move a hard drive with XP installed to a different PC.
You are ALWAYS better off performing a clean install.

Chas

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by G... In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

Check the BIOS to see if your drive appears in there and if it's a part of your booting sequence.

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by G... In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

Check the BIOS to see if your drive appears in there and if it's a part of your booting sequence.

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by ComputerCookie In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

This my be fine to do if you're using identical or near identical computers, what you're trying to do is make your wife's computer act as your own. XP won't do this very well.

XP likes to check the configuration before loading and will not load if it knows that it doen't have the right drivers or detects that hardware is faulty.

The easy answer is:

start the computer;

put the XP disc in the cd/dvd drive;

restart;

open Bios and select boot from cd;

xp will tell you if it has a driver problem, however it won't tell you if it has decided to load because of faulty hardware.

If you need more explicit instructions please contact me.

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by ComputerCookie In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

This my be fine to do if you're using identical or near identical computers, what you're trying to do is make your wife's computer act as your own. XP won't do this very well.

XP likes to check the configuration before loading and will not load if it knows that it doen't have the right drivers or detects that hardware is faulty.

The easy answer is:

start the computer;

put the XP disc in the cd/dvd drive;

restart;

open Bios and select boot from cd;

xp will tell you if it has a driver problem, however it won't tell you if it has decided to load because of faulty hardware.

If you need more explicit instructions please contact me.

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by hughiemcginley In reply to Operating System Cannot B ...

useing a boot cd or floppy disk in the win98 case rebuild bot operating systems. If you wish to share data don'e swap the drives . Use a usb key or cd writer. Or indeed network the 2 of them using a crossover cable. or wireless nic cards

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