"Reboot and Select proper Boot device or..."

By rookieinAustin
Jan 4, 2008
  1. Help!

    Just installed my 1st hard drive...hooray! right? No so fast my techie friends. For I am rookie and need some help.

    My old hard drive crashed...took it to computer nerdz here in Austin...they handed me my old HD and 4 disk of "stuff" they were able to recover.

    I go to Fry's by a Seagate PATA/100 250G and bring it home and (with the help of some online YouTube guides) install it.

    Plug everything in power up and:

    "Reboot and Select proper Boot device or Insert Boot Media in selected Boot device and press a key_"

    One site stated my "jumper" may be in the wrong place. I moved it from "Cable Select" to "Master" but still get the same message.

    I unplugged everything and started over making sure I was plugging it all in correctly (to the best of my limited knowledge) and am reasonably certain all is correct. Replace the cover, plug in and....same message.

    What do I need to do from here?

    This is a desktop, primarily used for email and pictures/videos of my children.

    HP pavilion a250n (sad, I know...budgets) about 4 years old. 2.6GHz, 512MB SDRAM Windows XP

    I'm sure I'm missing other info but any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
  2. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Posts: 302

    Well, to put it simply, there's nothing on the disk.
    When you buy a fresh new hard drive, the drive is empty and unformatted. You can't put a brand new hard drive into a computer and expect it to boot into the OS right away.
    It doesn't boot into Windows because there is no Windows OS on the drive.

    You need to go into the BIOS and set your optical drive to be first on the boot priority, and then find a Windows XP disc to boot on.
    I doubt your OEM computer comes with a Windows disc (though it might come with recovery discs), but it should have a sticker on it with your Windows XP product key. You need to find a disc and install your operating system before you can use your computer.
  3. rookieinAustin

    rookieinAustin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks so much...but what is BIOS and how do I get there?
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