replacing hard drive

By bornabratt1955 ·
I have a sata hard drive that went bad with vista Itook an old hard drive that had me on it I want to use that to copy the sata hard drive but when i start it tries to install the system properties and of course they aren't on the me hard drive I went in the bios, it reconizes both hard drives and the cdromchange it to boot from cdrom but when I restarted I had to go into save mode and went into my computer I only have c drive so I cant use the system restore disk. How do I format and partition the me to copy the sata hard drive. I dont have a floppy drive to use a boot disk and the cdrom isnt working. Can anyone tell me what and where I have to go from here. I tried other hard drives that has xp but I get this message "windows install invalid,
the computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error windows cant proceed. Then I restarted it and got this blue screen that said "your multi-function device {standard dual pci ide controller} has some child devices using 32-bit drivers and other using compatibility mode driver This configuration is not supported, so your computer has been halted to prevent corruption. After you restart your computer windows will use compatibility-mode drivers for each child device attached press to continue I did press any key and got blue screen system halted. I'm lost.

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by The Scummy One In reply to replacing hard drive

you should have used the recovery program to create the recovery cd's/dvd's when Vista was good.
From here, you will need to get another cd drive (they are pretty cheap)that the system can boot to, and reformat your Win ME drive. However, you will still need the cd's/dvd's for the recovery to work, so you'll need to contact the manufacturer/vendor of the system to obtain them (likely a charge goes with it).

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