Installing Windows XP on E-Machines T6212

September 8, 2010 at 11:56:02
Specs: Windows XP
The hard drive on my T6212 crashed and I was unable to boot it up again. I bought a new ard drive and have been trying to install Windows XP (I also tried installing Ubuntu). While the installation process starts, it gets to where the files are going to start installaing when the machine stops working and I have to do a hard boot to try again. Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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September 8, 2010 at 12:17:17
What makes you sure the issue is the hard drive? From what you describe you could have other issues.

What are the symptoms? Did you run a drive fitness test on the old drive?

What type of WinXP disk are you using? Full version or emachines restore disk?

Is the hard drive IDE/ATA or SATA type?

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September 8, 2010 at 12:40:52
OtheHill, thank you for your reply and guidance.

I ran an hd test and it stated that the drive only had 80 days before it was to go bad. Along these lines, I was having problems with the system crashing and booting properly. I was able to boot it up in safe mode but was never able to diagnose the problems. I called e-machines tech support and they suggested that I replace the hard drive.

The Windows XP cd is a full version with a serial number. Since it did not work on the E-machine I tested it on another PC i have and it installed withut any issues.

The new hard drive for the e-Machine is an ATA drive.

I hope this proves useful...

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September 8, 2010 at 13:04:21
Then even though the drive tested iffy the issue may be something else. Cables or controllers come to mind. I suggest you change the cable. I never heard of a fitness test predicting the time of failure before.

You didn't answer about the type of hard drive. SATA has a small guage data cable, usually red. IDE/ATA has a wide flat ribbon type cable.

Watch the POST screens at start up to verify the drives are being properly configured by both model and full capacity.

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September 8, 2010 at 13:23:56
"I never heard of a fitness test predicting the time of failure before"

I never heard of that either. Sounds like a scam. Which software did you use to diagnose the drive? You *should* have use the software available from the HDD manufacturer's website. My guess is the HDD isn't the problem at all.

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