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Older P4 sys HDD crashed Installed a new WD3200aajb Set the cd to 1st in boot order. after the POST I get the message "Drive Not Ready- System Halted" blinking curser

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Older P4 sys HDD crashed Installed a new WD3200aajb No software came with it. Set the cd to 1st in boot order. after the POST I get the message "Drive Not Ready- System Halted" and a blinking curser.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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If there is nothing on the new hard drive and no CD then that would be the appropriate response.  You need an installation CD to put Windows on the new drive.
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by:Reece Dodds
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also... what mainboard do you have?
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Just to confirm what you have done:

1.  Set the BIOS to boot from CD as first priority
2.  Loaded a bootable Windows installation CD into the CD drive
3.  Rebooted the system

The next thing that happens is that the system displays "Drive not ready - System halted" instead of "Press any key to boot from CD."  Is this sequence of events correct?

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by:Seastang
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There is nothing on the New HDD, I have the XP Pro O/S CD in the cd drive.
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by:Seastang
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I have rebooted with the insallation cd in the drive. The MOBO is a Intel D850GB it uses the RD ram
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by:Reece Dodds
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and can you boot from the same CD using the PC you are posting these responses on?
The CD could be damaged... if that is the case, download this (http://isohunt.com/torrent_details/140355705/?tab=summary), burn it to a  CD and try again.  Note that being an older system, the optical drive could also be the problem...
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by:Seastang
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Yes,  DrKlahn the "Drive not ready - System halted" instead of "Press any key to boot from CD."  
that is correct. The 3 step you stated have been done.
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"Drive not ready" indicates that there is a problem with the CD/DVD drive.

If the CD/DVD drive is an IDE drive, confirm that it is set to Cable Select, and plugged into the last connector on the IDE cable.

Eject the CD and confirm that it is inserted correctly, data side down - this can be a problem when using silver media without screen-printed topsides.

Set the BIOS to slow/unaccelerated/verbose boot.  Check to see that all disk interfaces are set enabled in the BIOS, and that all SATA interfaces are set to legacy/emulation/traditional IDE.  Confirm that the BIOS sees both the hard drive and the CD drive.

Take the distribution CD to another system and confirm that it is bootable.

Finally, try swapping the CD/DVD drive for a known good unit.  If that fails, try swapping the CD/DVD drive data cable.
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by:Seastang
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Ok I'm checking the Installation CD
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by:Seastang
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The installation cd worked in another Computer.  I will start working on the cd/dvd drive issue
 
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by:Seastang
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The DVD was working, I guess I shouldn't be suprised HDD and DVD going out at the same time.   Thanks for the help
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