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  1. wesleyd

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    I replaced a defective hard drive in my NEC 2205c notebook, all went well. When repowered, the screen remained black, I powered down, repeated the procedure with the same result. with the drive removed the startup stops at "starting WIN 95", next error MAG. ,as would be expected, "hard drive missing".
    Where do I go; from here?

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  3. ~Candy~

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    Hi and welcome. Be sure you are connecting it correctly.
     
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    What size was the old drive and what size is the new drive? BIOS's have drive size limitations.
     
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    Hi AcaCandy-

    There only seemed to be one way to install the new hard drive, following the old installation.
    I did that and the screen has nothing, nol ight at all, removing the drive (after powering down) returns the screen startup, but without the drive nothing can be booted up.

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  7. ~Candy~

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    I suppose the drive could be dead. Just for fun, you might try accessing bios to be sure the old drive is not appearing there. Are both drives the same size?
     
  8. n2gun

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    The bios may have been set to the old drive specifically as in setting number of disks etc. Access the bios and set it to auto and see if that helps.
     
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    "starting WIN 95",

    Do you have a floppy drive with a disk in it? Be sure the bios is set to boot from the floppy drive first. But if you aren't getting any setup screens at all with the new drive installed then it may not be compatable with your system.
     
  10. wesleyd

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    I am grateful for the suggestions about checking the bios settings, however with a blank screen am unable to do this. I have called the supplier and have arranged an exchange, in case the new drive is defective. Thank you for trying.

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  11. ~Candy~

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    You change the bios setup without the drive installed ;)
     
  12. JohnWill

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    You can get a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE adapter for around $5, which will allow you to connect the laptop drive to a desktop computer to see if it's working properly. I keep a couple of them around for such uses. :)
     
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    Aloha johnwill,
    Where can I get that adapter?? TIA

    Mahalo,
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  15. wesleyd

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    Thank you AcaCandy and johnwill for the suggestions. I will give each a try and if successful will inform you.

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