Can't install xp on my new hard drive

September 12, 2010 at 08:22:12
Specs: Xp home, 1.5 g
I too out the old one put the new one in.. It went to the set up screen once failed and now it just cycles reboot over and over

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#1
September 12, 2010 at 08:32:14
Not enough info.

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#2
September 12, 2010 at 08:46:43
Ok, what do you need to know? It starts up and says hit ctrl s for config bios.. Shows lenovo logo saying system is starting then shuts down and does it again. Over and over

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#3
September 12, 2010 at 08:53:51
OK, now we know it's a Lenovo, so we're one step closer. IS it a desktop or a laptop? Is the HDD a SATA or IDE? Did you try putting the old HDD back in to see if the system would boot normally again?

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#4
September 12, 2010 at 09:05:22
It's a desktop, sata, the old hard drive I tried to go to xp from vista. Messed it up, formatted it. don't have vista disk and it's only a 40g so I tried this old drive that has issues and figured I'd just reinstall xp, no go. have a copy of xp from an old computer with key code I tried to put onto new 1tb hard drive. It went to set up once, but after running through the file checking thing says set up failed uninstall any new hardware

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#5
September 12, 2010 at 09:24:09
XP doesn't natively support SATA so you can't install XP on a SATA HDD without doing some prep work 1st. You need to do one of 3 things to get it to work:

1. enter the BIOS & change the SATA setting to "IDE compatibility mode"

2. install the compatible SATA drivers at the very beginning of the XP installation by pressing F6, then loading the drivers from a floppy disk

3. create a new XP CD with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it.

Without doing one of these 3, XP can NOT be installed on your system.


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#6
September 12, 2010 at 09:39:25
I will try as soon as I get home thnks man I'll let you know how it goes... Don't have floppy disk, lol

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#7
September 12, 2010 at 09:54:20
http://maxeasyguide.blogspot.com/20...

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#8
September 12, 2010 at 11:14:13
Can't find compatability mode

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#9
September 12, 2010 at 14:42:55
"Don't have floppy disk"

"Can't find compatability mode"

That leaves #3 as the only option.


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#10
September 12, 2010 at 17:50:59
K here's the deal... Went with option 4 I took the new hard drive back because the place I bought it wanted $189 to format and install the brand new hard drive ??? Didn't make sense. I bought an older computer with 2 hard drives, which I plays on before o paid for, with a fresh legal install of xp pro. Took that home. Took it out put them in my computer... Got message sayng media failed no operating system found.. Took it out and put back in old comp, it booted right up.... Mayby Im doing something wrong... Had sata drive and two new are IDE

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#11
September 12, 2010 at 20:04:41
OK here's the deal.
Your option 4 was a mistake. You cannot transplant XP on a harddrive from one computer into a different computer.

You have an XP install disk and a valid key for it but it failed to load up on a new 1tb drive.
It's almost a certainty your XP disk is an older one without any integrated servicepacks and the reason it failed install was it cannot handle larger than 137gb drives.

Your way forward requires you to create a new XP install disk with SP3 integrated.
Google slipstreaming to find out how.

Once you have a slipstreamed install disk you will be able to install XP on the large drive.

Your other alternative is to try a repair install on your transplanted drive.
This will only work if the XP CD you have is the same version as the XP Pro that is already on that drive and has same or more recent servicepack integrated.
If your CD is XP Home then you cannot do a repair install.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#12
September 12, 2010 at 20:08:57
"Mayby Im doing something wrong...

You can't take a HDD with XP already installed on it & just put in any old computer & boot up. It doesn't work that way. The XP installation is configured to the machine it was installed on & will not boot in another system unless the hardware configuration is almost identical. The bottom line is XP will have to be reinstalled.

Next time, ask 1st, not after the fact.


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#13
September 12, 2010 at 20:34:20
Well thank yo both.. Jam, you've been extreamly helpfull all day. I will try to figure out thhe slipstream thing.. Richard thnks fir the info

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#14
November 7, 2010 at 14:24:49
hi i have a similar problem and i am trying to determine if the new 40gb western digital hd i bought to replace my old and no longer functioning hitachi 62gb is also broken. I have tried two different xp disks and two different cd drives and i run into the same installation cycle, without the desktop ever launching. Please help as I ordered the hd online and the return process is that much more complicated. Both drives are IDE

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#15
November 7, 2010 at 15:32:09
http://support.wdc.com/product/down...

larry


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