I am trying to replace the 5 GB HD in my Thinkpad with an IBM Travelstar 20 GB drive, and load XP on it at the same time. I installed the drive and booted from the XP CD. When the computer tried to restart, though, I got a "code 5" error if I left the CD in the drive, and a "missing NTLD something" error when I tried to boot from the hard drive. (Sorry, I'm also trying to do all this with two four year olds running around, and I forgot to write the exact error-- it was 5 letters and I've probably got them mixed up.)
Does anyone know what to do about this? The pin configuration of the new drive looks exactly the same as the old one, and if I put the old drive back in, the CD drive works fine. The Bios is set to boot from the CD first and the HD second.
Thanks for the reply, George. I am using an XP CD downloaded by my brother off his corporate website. The CD asked if I wanted to format the drive and I said yes, and did *not* use the "quick format" selection. Is there another way to format the disk prior to running the CD? I also ran a BIOS check and it tells me that all components are "OK". I'm reasonably technically proficient but have never done this before and have no clue...
The CD is set as the primary, definitely. The "Code 5" error I'm getting on reboot makes me think that once XP is put on the hard drive, the computer for some reason won't recognize that the CD drive exists. I read that this can happen if the pin configuration of the new drive is different from the old drive. I don't even know if this applies in the case of a laptop (which this is), but the on visual inspection, all the pins look the same on both drives to me. The 20 GB drive is thinner than the old 5 GB drive, but it seems to fit in the slot snugly anyway.
I do still have a floppy drive for this laptop, and if I can manage to find a handful of floppies somewhere I'll try booting off the floppies and seeing if I have more success that way. Hard to find them these days, though!
I just ran a series of various starts, hoping they would help diagnose the problem.
1) Starting with the hard drive but no Windows CD in the CD drive gives this message: NTLDR is missing/ Press ctrl alt del to restart.
2) Starting with hard drive & XP CD gives this message: CD Boot: Cannot boot from CD- Code: 5, then NTLDR is missing etc.
3) Starting pressing F1 to get BIOS screen, the pressing restart gives this message: Press any key to reboot from CD. [press key]-> Setup Windows->Press enter to continue starting windows [enter]-> "A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. ... Disable or uninstall any anti-virus, disk defrag or backup utilities. Check your hard drive configuration and check for any updated drivers. Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, then restart your computer. Technical information: Stop: 0x00000024 (0x001902FE,0xF91C9664,0xF91C9360,0xF89953A1) ntfs.sys- Address F89953A1 base at F893A000, DateStamp 41107eea
4) If I run steps in #3 but try "repair" instead of "windows setup" I get the same error.
Conceivably I could have either a bad CD or a bad hard drive, but I don't know how to tell which, if either. Like I said before, if I run a bios check of the hard drive, it says it's OK, but I'm not sure how valid this is.