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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by vkim1019, Jan 17, 2003.

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  1. vkim1019

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    When I boot my computer, I get a message saying, "No Operating System was found on any devices." Can anyone help me with this?
     
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    Hi and welcome.

    What is the history of the machine...everything working fine up until now? You just turned it on and out of the blue it said that?
     
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    Yes. That is what happened. My sister and I have the same machine. Compaq Presario 7360. We bought them within a couple of weeks of each other. Hers did the same thing a week ago. She took it to a programmer who said the harddrive was bad, so he put a new one in for her. I find that hard to believe. I am assuming that the system files have been scrambled for some odd reason.
     
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    What operating system are you running?
     
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    Win 98
     
  6. ~Candy~

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    Ok, do you have a windows 98 boot disk?

    If not, you can download one from here:

    http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml


    Save it to your desktop, NOT to a floppy disk.....then double click on the file, and follow the instructions to create a boot disk....boot the problem computer with this disk....choose option 2, without cdrom support....once at the a: prompt, type:

    sys c:

    (space after the second s)
    and hit enter

    You should see a message saying system files transferred....

    then take the disk out of the floppy drive and reboot.......
     
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    I did that. It didn't work. I ran scandisk too. That said nothing was found wrong, yet it still will not boot. I don't know what else to do.
     
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    Did it say system files transferred?
     
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    Yes, it said that. I have tried everything, but with no luck. I think the harddrive was corupted somehow. I,m going to have to install a new harddrive. Do you anything about that? I haven't installed one in years. How would I transfer all the info from the old one? If you have any info, it would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Most new hard drives come with very nice setup documentation. If you follow along, you should be fine. They also include a floppy disk that IF IT IS POSSIBLE that data can be retrieved from your old drive, you can just copy everything to the new drive.
     
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