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I have a small adapter to put a laptop HD into a desktop via the IDE cables. So this weekend, I was going to be doing some reformating of my laptop.
What I'll be doing is reinstalling WindowsXP onto it after a complete format. Now, my laptop has no working CD-Rom, no floppy drive, and I've yet to get it to boot from a PCMCIA card, network, or USB pen drive (has the option...may try again if this fails). And due to lack of funds (saving up for another Japan trip), I'm not buying an external floppy or cdrom. So here's my question:
Say I reformat the laptop HD while it's connected to my desktop and reboot. If I tell the computer to boot from the WindowsXP Install CD, I remember seeing an option inside the setup to select the target HD to do all the formating/partitioning/installing on. So, let's say I select the connected laptop HD and install XP onto it, and when it asks for the first reboot (think there's only one anyways), that's when I remove the HD and reinstall it into the laptop. Think the laptop would boot at this point?
So if that seems confusing (which it might since I've Googled with no success tonight...remember, no floppy/pcmcia/usb boot), here's a list:
1. Remove laptop HD, install into desktop.
2. Format it.
3. Put WindowsXP install CD in the drive, reboot, and boot from the install CD.
4. Tell the installer to put a new copy of XP onto the laptop HD.
5. Upon first request from the installer for a reboot, remove the laptop HD.
6. Reinstall HD into laptop, boot laptop. Will it work?
If anything, I know for a fact I can get Linux back on this way. So if XP's install doesn't work, I'll be fine with it :) Hell, Slackware will be going back on a 2nd partition eventually anyways.
Of course, at the same time, if anyone knows how I can do this by simply telling my laptop to network boot, that'd be even better.
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You've gotta be kidding...
Man if that's true I don't think I'll ever be able to get this other computer formatted (since rebooting after the first portion of XP's install when it tells me to remove boot disks just leaves me with an "Operating System Not Found" message).
Actually, since it's about the only option left, I'll just see for myself.
I just did this...successfully. Read my post above yours.
Yeah I've gotten to that point. The point that hangs on me is between your 8th and 9th paragraph. I begin the install, it copies the files, it says "please remove any bootable disks from your PC and press Enter to reboot and continue setup". So when I remove the bootable disks and it tries to access the hard drive, I get "Operating System Not Found". What I was going to do is try installing the entire OS on a different computer, then swap the drives and hope XP would pick up all the new hardware it got plugged into.
The first time I tried that I used a fully established installation that was on an Abit BM6 with a Pentium 2 and I tried to take out the drive and put it in my other computer that had an Abit SR7-8X with a Pentium 4. When I fired it up, I would get a system error and a blue screen would flash, immediatly followed by a reboot. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on, so I ended up scrapping the installation and starting over. What really sucked about it is that there was no way to make the blue screen stay long enough to read. >:|
When it comes to installing an OS on a PC that has two hard drives, I always disconnect the other one. I'm just too damn paranoid that I might format the wrong drive and ruin it. :-/