Difficulty Upgrading to Larger Hard Drive in HP D530 Desktop
Posted on 2008-10-27
I have been unsuccessful in trying to upgrade the original Maxtor 40GB HD in my HP D530 business desktop to a Western Digital 160GB HD. The BIOS automatically recognizes the new drive when I install it, but the system will not boot from a WINXP CD to load the operating system, even when the boot order is set to the CD Drive option. I typically get either a "NTLDR is Missing error" or the system attempts to boot from the CD, but then halts with a "Bad Disk" error. Using the Western digital Lifeguard tools, I can reformat the new drive and prepare it for Windows XP, but the same failures occur. If I remove all HDDs , the system boots into the Windows XP setup from the CD just fine, except that it has no drive to install the OS on.
I have also attempted to clone the existing 40GB drive onto the 160GB Drive which, by all indications goes through successfully, but when I remove the 40GB drive and make the 160GB drive the primary, I get a "NTLDR is missing error". I have tried this using partitions larger than 37GB and partitions smaller than 30GB, to no avail.
I have verified that the hard drive jumpers are set to cable select and even went so far as to reset the CMOS and BIOS password jumper. Nothing seems to be working to get the system to work with the new hard drive.
Also, another oddity, not sure if this is related but thought I should mention it, I cannot get into the system's BIOS setup when hitting F10 at startup. I can get to the F9 boot sequence screen though.
Something is not right somewhere, but I can't seem to pin this one down. Any suggestions for things to try would be appreciated.