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Trying to install windows on a used hard drive

By eriknugent
Jul 17, 2008
  1. Hello everybody I have a seagate harddrive that I installed in a dell dimension 4400 i'm not sure of the model number of the hard drive. I had previously used the hard drive on a previouse computer for additional space but it does not have a operating system making it currently useless. how do I install my copy of xp on it?
     
  2. eriknugent

    eriknugent TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OH and thanks to anyone who can help.
     
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Put your Windows CD in the drive
    Start the computer (actually visa-versa)

    Press any key to boot from the Windows CD
    Follow the prompts
     
  4. eriknugent

    eriknugent TS Rookie Topic Starter

    all I get is a blank screen saying error does not detect operating system
     
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Start here first

    Connect this hard drive as Primary Master.Remove all other hard drives.
    Make your cdrom drive first in the Bios Boot sequence.
    Do a cold boot with the disc in that cdrom drive.
    Follow the steps for fdisk and setting of partition(s)
    The disc should lead you to the steps to follow.
    It will be formated,so it doesn't matter if it was used.
    This is just the same as a reinstall.
     
  6. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Note : Be patient and watch for key prompts.This takes time to do.
     
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