Error Loading Operating System Possible Fix

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Morgul

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I recently bought a new hard drive, and decided to upgrade from Win98 to Win2k. I put the new hard drive in the computer, and started to install Win2k. The setup program ran, then rebooted the system, and I got the 'Error Loading Operating System' error. Nothing I did seemed to fix it. I repartitioned, I tried NTFS and FAT32 partitions, that didn't help. I tried fix mbr and fix boot from the recovery console, nothing. I was able to install Win98 without a problem, and decided to upgrade from that, but I still got the error.

I finally found a message somewhere that gave me an idea. The new HD was a Maxtor, so I went to Maxtor and got their PowerMax drive checkout software. I did a low-level format of the drive, and then Win2k installed without a hitch.

I'm not exactly sure WHY I had to do a low level format, as this was a brand new drive that had never had anything on it. But, the point is, it worked.

So, if anyone is having problems with installing and getting the 'Error Loading Operating System' message, try doing a low level format of the hard drive and see if that helps.

I had seen a few messages about this error on this message board while I was looking for a fix, so I thought I would post my story and how I fixed it, so that someone else may have an easier time than I did. ;)
 
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