How to get windows on hdd from diff. comp

By nope2dope
May 31, 2005
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  1. Ok, I'm in quite a prediciment here, I have a 20gb hdd and my dad had partitioned it to have one 11 gb and another 9 gb, so I wanted to get rid of that ridiculousness, so I tried to reformat it on the laptop and failed to do so... I took the hdd out of the laptop and hooked it up to my desktop pc and I made the partition, reformatted it in NTFS and then tried installing Win 2k, Win XP, and tried both of them to boot on the laptop, "operating system not found" now, I copied the entire hard drive onto it from my desktop pc and tried to boot that, still no OS found, so I wanted to know, how the heck is this fixable...... since I reformatted it on a different computer will it make a difference? idk, please help. thankyou.
  2. Grok451

    Grok451 Newcomer, in training Posts: 122

    What failure did you originally receive when you tried to format the hdd on your laptops and how did you try to do it?

    After you formatted the drive from your desktop, did you perform the OS installs from the desktop PC, or did you put the drive back in the laptop to install the OS?

    Seems to me you should have been able to leave the hdd in the laptop, boot from the OS install CD which then should have allowed you to delete the old partitions and create a single partition for the install.
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    yes. Your boot sector will contain BIOS info on the computer it was created on.
    You must format and partition it in the computer you intend to use it in.
    Also, XP has anti-piracy code because it is only licensed to be used on one computer.
    By formatting it in one machine and using it on another, XP thinks you are trying to use it on more than one computer.
  4. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well, Its a new day, I'm gonna try to get it today, that was what I thought that it had to be formatted on the computer you intend to use it on. The failure I got was that I selected new install in xp, restarted and like usual you can delete, and create partitions. Well I deleted my 11gb partition fine but since the boot thing was running off y other partiton, I couldnt delete it. So what you are saying is I should delete the partitions and try to reformat it on the laptop. If theres anything else anybody can add to help, please thankyou.
  5. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    well also, uhhm... back in the day when I installed xp on the laptop, I installed it from another computer, took hdd out and installed. so I am sure it is on the new versions of xp but I have the older one with all SP1 and It fails to do so, plus this kid at y school ripped a copy of the xp cd and my friend bought it off him for 50$... and I just mooched it.
  6. Grok451

    Grok451 Newcomer, in training Posts: 122

    Well, what you need to do is to have a valid XP install CD. Boot from it, instead of from the HDD. Then you'll be able to delete all the partitions and install XP.

    If you don't have a valid (legal) copy of XP, this is not the place for you.
  7. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I have a valid (legal) copy of Win 2k, am I able to do such with this?
  8. Grok451

    Grok451 Newcomer, in training Posts: 122

    Yes. Just boot from the CD. You may have to change your BIOS settings to select the CD drive as the default boot device. Once booted, it will take a while for the CD to load a bunch of stuff and then you would select a new install. It sounds like you're familiar with the process from that point.
  9. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Yeh, I've tryed that before, I did change the boot order, but still wont boot to the cd. I dont know why. I'm downloading the IBM feature disk right now, so I can try to use that. cuz I have an IBM travelstar hdd. any more ideas... I'm willing to try.
  10. Grok451

    Grok451 Newcomer, in training Posts: 122

    Well, if you're sure you've got the BIOS settings right, then either the CD is bad, the CD-ROM drive is bad, or they don't like each other (I've had a case where an othewise fine working (but old) CD drive would not recognize my otherwise good w2k install CD. I chalked that off to a unique compatibility issue).

    Try to see if you can boot off any bootable CD to isolate where the problem lies.
  11. patio

    patio TechSpot Maniac Posts: 700

    This could be a clue to your troubles...
    You cannot copy an OS and expect it to boot.
    Invest in an XP CD and you'll be on your way.

    patio. :cool:
     
  12. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Sir, assuming makes an *** at of you, and certainly NOT me. Most people don't have an extra 200 lying around to buy an xp cd. I am trying to figure this out without having to purchase anything, and I wouldn't waste money on a new XP, I'd just wait for Longhorn. IF... IF.... IF............ IF I even had the money.
  13. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    All I need to be able to do is boot a DOS floppy disc that is able to partition nd format the drive on the laptop, I have found many places for such things... Super Fdisk was one, but its a demo, it sucked. I need one that doesn't give your pride in downloading it putting on a disc and then wiating till you try to partition it and it says "Were sorry, this is a demo version."
  14. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    nope2dope,
    if you insist on using 'mooched' software, please go to another website.
    You will not get any assistance for that here, regardless of how rich/poor you are!
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    No excuse for piracy.

    pay up like everyone else.
  16. patio

    patio TechSpot Maniac Posts: 700

    Then wait for LongHorn...

    patio. :cool:
  17. nope2dope

    nope2dope Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Well, I am duly not impressed, so due to the fact I dont have a bought xp, you wont help? I bought a 2k disc, I payed up, you happy mister?... This is suppost to be forums, to help and give advice, and if your always gonna say "pay up" or this isn't "my place." Oh please, live a little? closer to the wild side? Now, let me ask all of you, If you had the choice to get a free new working, able to be registered online copy of xp... for free from a friend, (such that you had a worse OS) you would rather go out and spend a fortune?...
  18. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    Before this turns into another argument, with your BIOS set up to boot from CD, and assuming a working CD-drive, you should be able to boot from your (legal) W2K CD.
    An ordinary copy of a bootable CD will NOT be bootable, unless copied with the 'right' program.
    'nuff said.
     
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