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Posted on 2004-08-04
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I have a computer that just died (computer A).  I have taken the hard drive our of computer A. I want to put it computer B, which is a totally type of computer.  If there wasn't a ton of software installed, etc. and was just files, i would obviously slave it, but I would like to run it as the only hard drive in computer B.  After installing the hard drive in computer B I just get an error message when win2k begins to fire up. The error message is that the hard disk drive controller is missing.  Inaccessable boot device.
Any suggestions.
thanks
Jeremy
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Callandor earned 125 total points
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You have a change in the Hardware Abstraction Layer.  Try this: http://www.windowsreinstall.com/install/other/motherboard/win2k.htm
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by:wirthr
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Is the hard drive jumpered to be master, slave, or auto?
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by:bmolasky
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What is the stop code on it?
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by:beat_researcher
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I agree with Callandor...attempt a re-installation of Win2k, but if you do, you must accept the risk of data loss.  I have only lost data this way once out of many many re-intalls, but it IS possible.  If you boot from your Windows2000 CD, it will give you the option to repair or do a clean install.
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by:ra66i
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Callandor has answered your question, but in more lamens terms, boot off of your Windows CD and run the repair mode of setup. This will clear the hardware definitions from the old computer, and install new ones for detected devices.
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by:Dynamic1
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Callandor got it reinstall windows over windows. Just back up drive first.
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