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New computer old drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jseigfreid, Feb 11, 2003.

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  1. jseigfreid

    jseigfreid Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2003
    I assembled:
    6 gig hard drive for OS (Win200)
    40gig HD - Data
    CD RW
    Pentium 2.4 533
    512 Rambus
    ATI 8500DV
    D-Link Wireless Ethernet Card

    The mother board, memory, video, and P4 are new, the rest is out of an old computer. Everything worked in the old computer. Now, when I boot I get the message:
    A disk read error occured, press Ctrl-Alt-Del to reboot

    I unplugged all of the drives except the drive with the operating system, same error. I tried booting from the Win2000 CD but the video goes out.
  2. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    Am I right in understanding that the HDD with the OS was preinstalled in the old computer?

    When an OS installs, it searches the computer to identify all the hardware present and installs the proper drivers for them. When you take that OS with those particular drivers installed and put it into a new computer with different hardware, it can no longer recognize the hardware.

    Please wait for other more experienced opinions, but you may need to reinstall the OS.
  3. Rayman


    Feb 11, 2003
    I've been there---I took the hard drive out of my Compaq presario and tried to plant it in another system I'm building from scratch.

    I learned the hard way--if you like computers never buy prebuilt, if you use them 'cause ya hav too, get a prestuffed box.

    Anyhow, in order to use the drive from the compaq it was necessary to do a low-level format and reinstal an OS. You can't use the restore disks that came with the pre-built computer because it searches for the components and bios that are specific to the model.
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