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Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

Q: Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

my issue is so like other posts but a smidge different. my dell 1735 has two hdd bays. i stripped my original hdd and loaded it with ubuntu. i placed it in my secondary bay and hooked it up. i recieved another hdd from dell, preloaded with vista and put it into the primary "original" bay. How do i boot up my secondary hdd? i think i may be missing the forest through the trees. thank you. sincerly, tommybee.

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A: Trouble booting up second OS/hard drive on Dell 1735 laptop

you need to set up your system to dual boot.

just google "dual booting vista and ubuntu" and you'll find lots of guides on how to get you set up.
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<<My problem is just as described keyboard stopped working on one side ... and on my wifes side it works ...>>

Are you saying that...each of you is a user/has a profile on the same system...and you cannot use the keyboard properly but your wife can?

I have no idea what you are referring to as a "side".

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The BIOS in Dell laptop's doesn't usually give you a lot of options so it might not be possible to boot from USB. Presumably you'll be looking to replace the internal hard drive with a working one? If so, you could use a different system to clone the content of your external hard drive to the new internal one and then plug it into your Dell.
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A:Upgrade my Dell Studio 1735

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A:Hard drive upgrade for Dell laptop

Update the BIOS to the latest version.

DELL site reports this unit:

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A:Replaced hard drive, now Dell laptop constantly hangs

Can you boot into safe mode?
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A:secondary hard disk drive 0 not found on a dell laptop what do I do?

The bios in your laptop was set up to use your old drive, the specs on your new drive will be different.

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heres the bootlog

Microsoft ® Windows ® Version 6.0 (Build 6000)
6 24 2009 18:19:14.375
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\ntkrnlpa.exe
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\hal.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\kdcom.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\PSHED.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\BOOTVID.dll
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CLFS.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\CI.dll
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Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WDFLDR.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\acpi.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\WMILIB.SYS
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\msisadrv.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pci.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\volmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\mountmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\pciide.sys
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Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\atapi.sys
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Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fltmgr.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\fileinfo.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ndis.sys
Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\msrpc.sys
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Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Ntfs.sys
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Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\mup.sys
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Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
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Welcome to TSG!

Just to be sure, you've tried booting into Safe Mode and it was unsuccessful? If that is the case, do you have a Recovery CD or Operating System CD that came with the computer?
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CLICK HERE to download a new copy of HAL.DLL

Extract the .dll file from the ZIP, then put it on a floppy, boot Windows into Safe Mode Command Prompt and copy the file back to the c:\windows\system32\ folder.
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Since this is a Windows XP machine.

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Quote: Originally Posted by technobeat

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My computer yesterday was an XP machine with one hard drive I another hard to drive Booting wanted to test Windows but I was afraid I would screw something up with my XP drive Booting to another hard drive in the process We'll call this Drive A Booting to another hard drive Yesterday I bought a new hard drive Drive B I downloaded the Windows ISO got some drivers and turned off my computer I physically removed Drive A from the computer and put Drive B in I started the computer and put the DVD in Setup was fine I had some trouble with getting the onboard NIC to work but I was able to overcome Now I needed to get back into my XP install to get some stuff done play video games I shut my computer down pulled out Drive B put Drive A back in and booted up But I got a boot error message and it looks like it's a Windows Boot error message How can this be if I removed the hard drive xc e The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible It's almost as if my computer is trying to boot to Windows even though I removed the hard drive containing the operating system How do I get into my XP system The drive is fine I connected it as a slave and I can access the files on there I'm guess Windows makes some kind of change on the motherboard that forces it to boot to Thanks for any help

A:Booting to another hard drive

sounds in deed very strange, there is no way windows can write a boot loader in a bios-based machine.

are you really sure, that this was a win7 message? AFAIK this message is the same in XP, so it might be a misunderstanding.

Did you put the drive to the same connector? (e.g. sata1 or ata1) as before?

another thing came in my mind: was or is a memory stick connected to your machine?

If you have really a win7 message, there might be a rare chance, that the win installer had put something to the stick, what means your computer try to boot from this stick.
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im struggling with this old HP Vectra P ok the bios is fine with all the hardware incluing the replacment hard drive i put in but as soon as i try to load win after ont booting drive like hard the first bar gets to it ends in an e prompt with win set hard drive ont like booting up it goes further it has re pickels in the setup screen an as it restarts it brings up a windows was not properly shut down box scans evenything finds hard drive ont like booting nothing think it ends with a prompt its like it really doesnt want tot boot to c although i know the hard drive hard drive ont like booting is good jumpers are fine formats fine fdisks fine this is driving me mad im sure its some hardware problem cant see anything in the manual that woul help dip switches on mobo dont effect it changing ide sockets dont help changing ribbon cables dont either im pulling me hair out here you can stop me from going bald please please help thanks nbsp

A:hard drive ont like booting

Have you tried to format c: with the /s switch? Then can you get a directory on C?
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how do you boot from usb hard disk with windows xp

A:booting from usb hard drive

The system must support booting from a USB drive, not all systems can. If you have a boot menu you can access usually by press F10, F11, or F12 you should be able to select the USB drive if the system supports it. You can also check in the BIOS to see if it is an option.

Without knowing the make and model of the system it's difficult to give more specific direction.