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  • HDD swap and no go

    Hi help or advise pls would be greatly appreciated

    OK swapping / upgrade of HDD for a friend.
    Old Celeron 500 on Intel board.

    Added a Ram stick, then

    copied their 4G old drive (with Drive Image) onto a new 20G Seagate drive. All OK
    remove old drive and make new one master OK
    system boots and goes into W2K as usual.
    system starts loading with the usual b&w screen with progress bar across the bottom - OK
    Then - nothing
    System restarts the whole boot
    Just keeps going around in circles never actually booting or any thing
    Drive is recognised and shows the correct size
    System counts down the ram memory and so on

    I am at a loss!
    If i havent given enough detail let me know
    Otherwise i would greatly appreciate some advice


    OK so my signature is lame - I can live with it!

  • #2
    Try reinstaling the old drive, work ok?
    make the new drive a slave and install it, still work?
    do a fresh install of 2k on the new drive, then make it the master.
    with old drive as slave, use norton ghost to transfer the apps/data(I'm not a drive image fan)
    possible problem would be bios support for new /large drive
    maybe partion settings (fdisk) or change in addresses due to larger drive size
    Is this a "branded" computer (ie:compaq, etc.) as their use of a "soft bios" makes upgrades more difficult.


    • #3
      Thanks for the reply
      Basically this is what i did
      Install ne drive as slave
      copy old drive to new (using drive image)
      when swaping old drive out and new to master system wouldnt boot
      just the cycle around in circles
      when posting the other day it occurred to me to check the Ram
      It must have been bumped or something in th process
      I removed and replaced and Voila!
      All OK now
      Dont know why
      The ram was counting up on boot, etc
      anyway this was obviously the problem

      thanks again for ur advice though, much appreciated

      OK so my signature is lame - I can live with it!


      • #4
        Yeah, sometimes the simple (obvious) stuff is the problem.
        Glad you figured it out!