timberland galehead but won’t when transferred to another
Hi alll, this is my first post.
I have a Compaq (Pentium 4) desktop PC which had a Western Digital 40GB HDD which “died” recently. A friend gave me a “surplus” Dell desktop PC (Pentium 3) with a 18GB C: drive (single drive system) containing WIndowsXP SP2. I wanted to take the HDD from the Dell and put it into the Compaq simple enough as it already had the OS on it!! The drive is a Seagate, although that isn’t the issue.
However when booting the Compaq with the former Dell HDD installed, I receive the “Disk Read Error press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart” message. Yet when the HDD is reinstalled back into the Dell, it boots up without a hitch!! (Note that both the Dell and Compaq are single drive systems, so the jumper on the drive is set to Master and doesn’t need to be changed).
I reinstalled it back into the Compaq, but this time using the data cable from the Dell in case there was a problem with the Compaq’s data cable. The error message persists!! Having eliminated the HDD as the problem (and now the data cable), I’ve hit the wall for ideas!! I can only speculate that the controller on the Compaq is defective, and somehow that caused the failure of the Western Digital drive originally.
Two things I can think of:
1. Check the BIOS settings to make sure that the Compaq is, in fact, set to boot too the HDD.
2. It may be an OEM issue, where the Dell’s copy of Windows is looking to make sure that it’s,
in fact, booting in a Dell. This is highly unlikely, though.
I would also suggest trying ANOTHER HDD in the Compaq. If that one works, the it’s not the HDD controller. See if one of your friends has a spare HDD they can let you try for a few minutes.”None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with you. Rorschach.