Computer keep rebooting after installing new HDD

By shklarsh · 4 replies
Jul 15, 2010
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  1. HI,

    I've replace a bad HDD with a new WD 320GB SATA on LG laptop
    the bios recognize the HDD, and the CD is the first to boot
    the computer keep rebooting and ignores the Win XP in the CD
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,123

    First check the connections to the HDD. Reconnect the drive.

    Some older systems may see the drive and classify it as a SCSI device if you are using a Serial ATA host adapter. This is normal even though this is not a SCSI disc drive. Many systems’ BIOS will not identify a Serial ATA drive connected to a PCI SATA host adapter. This is because a PCI SATA Host Adapter has its own BIOS which is used to identify hard drives connected to it which is separate from the BIOS of the computer.

    So look in the bios for a SCSI drive option and enable it, reboot and your drive should work.
  3. shklarsh

    shklarsh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The BIOS SATA options are:
    SATA Controller mode: Enhanced / Compatible
    if I choose Enhanced there is an option to choose:
    AHCI Configuration: Enabled / Disable
    I've tried all the combination with no success
    the thing is if I connect the old HDD, and insert the WIN 7 CD, the installation starts.
    what am I doing wrong here?
  4. Kcircyrd

    Kcircyrd TS Rookie Posts: 216

    Reset your BIOS to boot to the drive which is holding your Windows install CD... usually setup in <F2>, <F8>, <F10>, or <F12>, depending on system board or computer brand.
    Then attempt a cold boot to the Windows or Recovery CD
  5. shklarsh

    shklarsh TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The CD is already the first to boot. I've tried a cold boot and it didn't work either.
    The only way for the installation to start is if I change the Type from "Auto" to "IDE Removable" but then Windows can't be installed on the drive (installation message)

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