Solved Installing WinXP Pro onto new HD

December 29, 2011 at 13:37:02
Specs: WinXP Pro (SP 3), 2.0 GB DDR2 Ram
Original HD (running WinXP Pro SP3 OS) crashed (160 GB drive). Bought new 500GB HD and trying to install. PC is Dell Dimension E510. Setup recognizes the new 500GB drive, but proceeding to the WinXP Setup, it shows "131 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on atapi [MBR]" and designates it as unpartitioned space. (remember, the HD is 500 GB, NOT 160GB!!) If I choose "C" (to CREATE a partition) it automatically breaks it into "131062MB" and "8 MB" and doesn't recognize anything larger than 131070. I can't even get far enough to format the new HD. Can anyone advise???

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December 30, 2011 at 10:25:36
Google for slipstreaming - there are lots of sites with how to do it (or use nlite - http://www.nliteos.com/download.html). Basically you will need copy of original disk and a copy of SP3 for XP. & a computer with CD/DVD writer. Using a different partitioning tool will not do any good without a version of XP that will recognise > 128GB partitions.


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December 29, 2011 at 14:13:38
That hard drive has been used already.. if it was blank it would just have one big partition of 400 something GB's.

Give it back and tell them that it's been used.


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December 30, 2011 at 06:16:11
Not so.

I'll bet the XP disk you are using is an older version pre-SP2.
I believe it was only with SP2 that XP was made 48bitLBA compliant. http://www.48bitlba.com/
You either need to use a different partitioning/formatting tool to create say a 120gb primary partition on which to install XP, or you need to create a slipstreamed SP3 install disk that will be able to recognize and partition the larger drive

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December 30, 2011 at 09:26:49
It might well be that WinXP wouldn't install properly on a "previously used" HD, but this is not the case here. I've tried several brand new, out-of-the-box older HDs that I had (from former IT supplier days) and had the same problem, and you are correct that it is a pre-SP2 Win XP install CD.
Can you advise as to a link where I could get a "slipstreamed SP3 install disk"? I have been retired for too long now, I guess, and am unfamiliar with the "slipstream" concept. Also, you mentioned a "different partitioning/formatting tool" -- any link to that resource would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!!!

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December 30, 2011 at 10:25:36
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Google for slipstreaming - there are lots of sites with how to do it (or use nlite - http://www.nliteos.com/download.html). Basically you will need copy of original disk and a copy of SP3 for XP. & a computer with CD/DVD writer. Using a different partitioning tool will not do any good without a version of XP that will recognise > 128GB partitions.

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#5
December 30, 2011 at 15:51:58
Thanks to you both, Richard59 and SteveDunn, you've been helpful. I'll jump on this as soon as possible in the New Year!

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