partition and formating help

March 3, 2009 at 08:40:04
Specs: none, amd phenom x4
hellow everyone

you see i built a computer and i am having problems with it downloading windows and also i have tried to install ubuntu on it.

first to start off with windows:
ok so i put in the install disk for windows xp and i says press any key to boot from cd so that is what i do.
then it goes through reading all the stuff then it asks if i want to install,repair,or exit windows.
so i press install and then it asks what partition i want to install it on and it says unpartition space with 715,394 mb free. Then I press c to create a partition. then on the screen shows up a partition that i created and then a unpartition space with 8 mb on it. so then I select the partition that i created to install windows on. Then it goes to the screen that if i want quick or normal format then i have selected both before and the quick tells me that it cannot find one or more mass storage devices and the normal one tells me:

setup was uunable to format the partition. the disk may be damaged. make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected to your computer. If the disk is a scsi disk ,make sure your scsi devices are properly terminated. consult your computer maual or scsi adapter documentation for more info.

you must select a different partition for windows xp.

So i do it all over again and it tells me the same thing. also with the quick format it goees to 20% then stays there for about 5 min and then shoots to 100 and gives me the message i have stated earlier. with the normal it slowly gets to 100% and then stays at 100 for 5-10 min and then gives me the message i stated earlier.

Now time for ubuntu (alot shorter then the other).

ok so on my friends computer i downloaded ubuntu onto a cd yes it is a working cd. so we put it on the cd then put it in my built computer it loads ubuntu and then i can select what I want to do like test memory wich i have comes up fine, install, test ubuntu without downloading (also done works fine). so i have tested ubuntu and i have gone to the partition manager it has and it says to select the partition and there is nothing there it is completely blank and the only thing i can do is more info about the manager and help but since my computer is running off the test I cant get online to get help about it.
Also i have tried installing ubuntu and it works fine untill I get to the part were it tells me to select the partition I want to install to and it is blank so it wont let me go any farther into the installation.

I have also tried to use nlite and get windows on it that way but it does the same thing that windows does before.

so if anyone has any ideas on what to do maybe i wont have to pull all my hair out before im 18 lol.


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#1
March 3, 2009 at 08:53:35
Post the specs of your hardware as instructed before your posted. Need the motherboard model, CPU, memory, hard drive, video card, etc.

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#2
March 3, 2009 at 09:03:36
ok

mother board = 750a sli nforce motherboard had built in graphics .

sound= got pci soundwave 7.1

hard drive= seagate barracuda 750gb 7200.10

ram= 2 Kingston KVR667D2N5/2G 2GB DDR2 RAM PC2-5300 240-Pin DIMM

cpu= amd phenom x4

power= Echo Star 680W 20+4-pin Blue LED Fan ATX PSU w/SATA & PCIe

cd drive= Lite-On DH-20A1P 20x DVD±RW DL IDE Drive (Black)

i think that is all but if i missed anything i would be glad to post it.


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#3
March 3, 2009 at 11:33:22
Motherboard model? 750sli is the chipset, not the model.

What video card?


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#4
March 3, 2009 at 14:31:11
the video is built in

motherboard= XFX nForce 750a SLI Socket AM2+ Motherboard what it says on tiger direct.

cpu= AMD Phenom X4 9500 4M 95W Socket AM2 CPU


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#5
March 3, 2009 at 14:39:06
Do you have an external or flash drive connected to the computer?

What service pack is included in the CD you are using to install? You MUST have at least SP1 to configure hard drives larger than 127GB.


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#6
March 3, 2009 at 15:20:39
there is no external or flash drive and i am using windows home edition with sp2 i belive

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#7
March 3, 2009 at 15:36:59
Are you trying to install to the full drive capacity? I strongly suggest you partition the drive. I wouldn't use more than 40GB for the OS partition. Try that and see how it goes.

Delete ALL existing partitions and start over. Do a custom installation.


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#8
March 3, 2009 at 15:50:37
since you don't seem to mine creating live cds:
http://distrowatch.com/index.php?di...

I always use this to create the partitions on drives prior to installing the OS. I never use the method of creating partitions, that are on the various OS cds.
after you create the partitions with this then install windows, on the "already created partition". Do a full format, even though you can format with Gparted, I noticed that I sometimes have a problem, installing windows, if I don't do the "full" format.

larry


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#9
March 3, 2009 at 16:16:15
Do you have a SATA driver disk for your motherboard? You MAY have to load them when you first install Windows, but since it appears that Windows Setup is seeing the drive's capacity correctly, Windows Setup may have already loaded a driver for it.

Is the SATA drive cable from the drive to the motherboard pushed all the way in? Do you have another cable you can try? I had a problem with an IDE drive one time...my computer detected the size of the drive properly, and the Windows XP logo appeared, but it wouldn't go farther than that -- the bar kept going by. So I unplugged the cable from the motherboard and drive, and plugged it back in and everything was fine after that. SATA cables are very different than IDE cables, but perhaps you should check it anyway.

WinSimple Software


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#10
March 3, 2009 at 17:33:50
i tried to slpit it into two i gave the one that i was puting my os on 30gb and it still gave me the same message just it took less time.
also something new that i hadnt seen before is that when i did this it let me select if i wanted to mke the partition fat or the ntfs i think it is and i selected ntfs because a friend told me that is what i need for windows.

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#11
March 3, 2009 at 17:36:00
in responce to ray yes i thought the same thing you have and i have tried about 3 different cables and tried plugging it into diff slot and it still does the same thing

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#12
March 3, 2009 at 17:39:11
One of three posssibilities. Bad RAM, defective hard drive, bad WinXP CD.

Test the RAM using memtest86 from a boot disk. Is the hard drive new? Is the hard drive a Seagate brand 7200 series?

Make a copy of the WinXP install disk using the verification process by copying to hard drive and then burning. Then use the copy to install.


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#13
March 3, 2009 at 18:28:48
because you partition is under 32 Gigs, XP is giving you the choice of fat or ntfs, this is normal. Some people prefer fat for smaller drives. If you make the partition 40 Gigs, xp won't give you the fat option.

larry


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#14
March 3, 2009 at 18:49:13
it seems that most of the time when I have trouble, at the formating stage, its a problem with the drive. Disconnect the drive and try running the unbuntu cd, as a live cd, for an hour or 2. If it runs as a live cd Ok try this:
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

I also think memtest, is one of the options on the ubuntu cd.

larry


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#15
March 3, 2009 at 19:46:15
yes like larry said ubuntu does have a mem test and i hve done tht it comes up fine also have made a winxp cd and that works the same way as the other cd and also it is a factory referb hard drive from geeks.com and have read that they refeb them better then when they are first made.

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#16
March 3, 2009 at 20:04:13
"and have read that they refeb them better then when they are first made." Do you actually think they disassemble the hard drives and somehow replace worn parts or something? They certify they are working.

I suggest you run the fitness test. Also, many folks have been having issues with Seagate 7200. series drives.


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#17
March 3, 2009 at 20:10:24
i think i understand what you mean but i have plugged it into my friends computer and it shows up and everything so would that be a sign that its not a bad drive or is there still that chance?

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#18
March 4, 2009 at 03:25:08
The drive shows up and everything in your computer too. Just can't format.

Did you try any of the items I listed in #12 above? I don't know about the memory test in ubuntu but memtest86 is widely used and respected.


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#19
March 4, 2009 at 04:58:52
yeah I tried that but also came up fine

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#20
March 4, 2009 at 05:57:04
You tried all three items?

How long did you run memtest86?

Seagates tools gave the drive a clean bill of health?

Did you burn a new copy of the WinXP CD?

If you did ALL those items then consider a faulty/inadequate PSU.

Are you using AHCI for the hard drive setting in the BIOS? If not, then you need to provide the SATA controller drivers at the beginning of the installation. If you don't have a floppy drive you may need to slipstream the drivers into your CD files.

I just had a thought. Is the CD you are using a branded OEM CD? You know, Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.?


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#21
March 4, 2009 at 15:24:39
yes have tried all three things
also burned new copy of windows xp
dont know what you mean by clean bill of health but it works for sure.
also deffinately not the psu because i thought that was a problem before i have tested 3 different ones had one came with case, bought another that was 550, and have one now that is 680 or somthing like that.
i have tried to slipstream it but i dont know exacly how to do that i got nlite on the computer an go through but then it asks me to select the driver file i cannot find them but everyone that i talked to tell me there on the motherboard cd but i just cant seem to find them if anyone knows what they are in i would be glad to test that idea.
i dont know what brand oem it is i just know that the disk says windows xp home edition includes service pack 2 version 2002

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#22
March 4, 2009 at 15:32:42
Go to the link below and register your product. You can then download ALL the drivers for your board.

http://www.xfxforce.com/en-us/Help/...

How did you hunt for the drivers on the CD? Put the CD in the drive and select File> explore. You will then get a list of all the folders on the CD. You are looking for SATA RAID drivers.


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#23
March 4, 2009 at 19:31:29
ok i will go there and do that but when i was looking for the files i downloaded the different things and then searched that way but i couldnt find the certian file that it needed or something like that

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#24
March 4, 2009 at 19:42:16
i belive the one i need is windows xp32 bit???
i download that one were do i find the file that i need?

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#25
March 5, 2009 at 04:58:32
When viewing the files on the CD each time you double click on a folder it should expand. eventually you will get to the bottom. You should see the files by then.

I tried to give you a direct link but that manufacturer has a stupid method for access to the driver downloads. I couldn't register because I don't have the board information. Nor do I want to register.

I could guess at what the file name might be but I am not familiar with that brand MBoard so I don't know for sure if they use the nVidia SATA controllers or something else.

Most likely it will be nVidia. Look for something like this:
File> explore> chipset> win2k/XP> IDE> winXP> sata_ide.


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#26
March 5, 2009 at 15:26:31
yeah i tried to slipstream it and it tells me the same as it always has i dont kno what the problem with it is

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#27
March 5, 2009 at 15:44:32
I don't understand what you mean in your #26 post.

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#28
March 7, 2009 at 16:55:10
i ment i slipstreamed windowsxp with the driver files and i told my as it would if i just put in the normal windows disk

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#29
March 7, 2009 at 17:20:38
You aren't going to see any difference when installing. The difference will be when you reboot the hard drive will be identified (found).

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