Compaq Laptop can't boot off hard drive.

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I have a compaq Evo N410C and I bought a 30gig hard drive which this laptop
can't boot from.
The BIOS system tests recognize it but when booting a little flashing underscore
is all I get.
I put the drive in another laptop and it works fine.  I took a 40gig out of
another laptop and that
one did the same thing in this compaq, so it's the laptop not the drives.  I put
a 6gig into
the compaq and that one boots without a problem.

Any ideas?  All the drives have .5amp power, all work in other laptops.  It's
like the compaq
can't boot off any large drives even when the bios recognizes the drive


RE: Compaq Laptop can't boot off hard drive.

I have a half dozen drives here I have tried.  Is it possible that this laptop
can ONLY boot off
Toshiba drives?  I have 2 and they happen to be smaller (6 gig and 2 gig) and it
works fine
on them but won't boot off ANY other hard drive (IBM and Hitachi 4gigs, 6 gigs).
The larger drives that I wanted to put in are Seagates.

Re: Compaq Laptop can't boot off hard drive.

Frank wrote:

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May or may not apply in your specific case:

Get Partition Logic out, ensure the drive is partitioned and
formatted to the right file system. Check the partition is set to
Boot in dos from floppy and sys c:


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