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Solved: HD Moved to External - Back 2 Laptop - Boot Error

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Fanis, Jan 24, 2011.

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  1. Fanis

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    My brother & sister-in-law had a Compaq Presario 3000 with too little RAM and an intermitten boot failure, as well as a newer HP laptop. They decided to share the newer laptop and asked me to put the Presario's hard drive into an external case until they could purchase a new laptop for her. I did so and recently moved her files into her new laptop.

    Now, another family member needs a temporary laptop for homeschooling (very basic - Microsoft Office mostly) which I thought would work fine using the Presario's existing RAM. Problem is that when I put it back into the laptop, I get an initial boot error (no bootable device...) but then Windows opens to the desktop anyway. However, when I try to open Control Panel or Windows Explorer (XP sp3), it pulls up a window saying it can't find the .exe file and to insert a CD or select the correct drive.

    There are no jumpers on the back; so, it is set as the primary hard drive. Does anyone have a solution?
     
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    I think it is time for me to stop "HELPING" family and friends with tech issues! :eek: Stumbled upon the answer browsing the hard drive. Discovered that while she was using as external, she must have accidently moved the "programs" folder into "my documents"! I'm guessing when I plugge the hard drive back into a laptop, it re-created the program folder with basic Windows programs, because there was a C:\Programs Files, but it and all its contents had a new created date of 1-24, when I started this post.

    Anyway, I moved the folder back where it belonged and all is well. Some shortcuts are needing to search and/or reinstall components of programs, but so far it appears they are all working! TG! Wanted to post the solution since so many views, but no answers.
     
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