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I am putting together a new computer for granddaughter for christmas and son  
wants me to use harddrive out of his computer that needs power supply, but  
drive is good. I'm using a motherboard that I have, but only get to  
verifying dmi pool data when booting, stops there, won't go further. Drive  
is out of HP Pent 4 2.53ghz.  WD/80gb.  I want to leave motherboard in older  
computer and install power supply later. How do I get new computer ( new  
case anyway) to boot. Have changed jumpers on drive, settings in bios, still  
no boot. I have win xp cd that I have, but older computer was bought with xp  
pre installed. He has lots of pictures he wants to keep from drive, and I  
know I can put another drive in, trying to save extra expense as this "pink  
case" was enough. Any help appreciated. Specs for motherboard I want to  
install are below. Thanks.

Motherboard ID:
11/19/2001  VT8336-8233-6A6L-VM4AC-00
Motherboard chipset:
VIA VT8366A Appolo KT 266A
Using AMD Athlon XP 1800  ( older stuff I know, but still works good enough  
for 7 yr old)  

Re: motherboard & harddrive

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To get a drive with an OS already on it to work in another machine...
a repair installation is usually in order.

The other method would be to perform a parallel installtion
****be sure NOT to format the drive *** if you choose that option

also note: To access the files that are already there it's possible you may
have to take ownership
if they are located within one of the profiles.

You safest option would be to just put in a different drive as
you'd probably have to repeat the process when you put the drive  back in
the original machine!

Re: motherboard & harddrive

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Just get and install Ubuntu.  Try for a free CD.

 Chuck F (cbfalconer at maineline dot net)
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Re: motherboard & harddrive

On Sat, 3 Nov 2007 16:00:22 -0400, "DaddyJim"

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Is it possible the drive was damaged by the failing PSU or
had it been tested working in another system already?

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As you suspect, the next step is to check the boot devices
in turn for one that's viable.

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Are you certain it is jumpered to "Single", not Master
(assuming there is only one drive on the cable- if there is
more than one, temporarily disconnect the other drive to see
if it makes a difference).

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As another poster has mentioned, windows XP may not run from
this drive because it was installed on the other system.
However, this does not account for the drive failing to
begin loading windows which it is not, so it is entirely a
bios or drive problem (or related, for example if it were a
bad data cable and you had a spare to swap in that would be
a good thing to try).

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You haven't mentioned the board brand, but you might go to
the manufacturer's website and get the latest bios if it
isn't running that already, then clear CMOS via the jumper
while AC power is disconnected from PSU.

If you have a floppy drive (or you're lucky and it will boot
from a USB device, but I doubt it as that is a bit before
most boards were expected to actually be able to do so) you
might boot to DOS to see if the drive is visible... if it's
formatted as NTFS, run FDISK to see if it sees the drive,

Re: motherboard & harddrive

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Based on what I had read, the first thing to do would be to salvage all
of the important pictures, files, documents, etc., from the hard drive.
Get an external USB drive enclosure for this purpose instead of making
it a slave in another computer system. Copy them to a safe place and
make additional backups as well.

The rationale is that Murphy's Law will happen. There already is an
issue, indicated by the "verifying DMI pool data" report. The solution
may not be an easy one but which could ultimately change the geometry
of the hard drive. And if this hard drive has an OS from another system,
it might not be compatible with the new, target system, the "repair" of
which can also be catastrophic. And then there is, of course, the option
of a new, clean install.

Sort out what needs to be logically and determine how to do it.

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