BSOD during clean XP install

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December 3, 2009 at 15:22:38
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 3.0 GHz/1.5gb DDR SDRAM
I just purchased a 640gb Western Digital Caviar Blue SATA II hard drive (WD6400AAKS) to replace a failing SATA I on my Dell Dimension 8300. The first time I booted up the pc and attempted to do a clean install of XP I was able to get to the Windows Install screen where you're asked if you would like to partition the drive or install. At this screen the hard drive showed up as unpartitioned and 610gb (normal). When I hit enter to install windows a notification came up saying windows could not access the disk and to reboot.

So I did and ran the windows installation again, however this time right after it loads all the files from the cd and says "starting windows" I get BSOD'd with the stop code 0x7f. It mentioned damaged memory as a potential cause so I ran memtest86 which passed all tests and turned up no errors. So I downloaded the lifegaurd utility for WD6400AAKS and booted that up. As soon as it's booted it returns error code 201, non-western digital drive. It seems to be recognizing that there is a hard drive there in BIOS, because it is listed under Primary SATA, however something is not right because the model says unknown and the capacity says 0gb

Thinking this may all be because the motherboard (SATA I) is having trouble reading the SATA II hard drive, I jumper it across pins 5 and 6 to run in SATA I mode.

But to no avail... still BSOD's right after it says Starting Windows during the xp install, still shows up as a non-western digital drive with code 201 in lifegaurd, and still shows up as a SATA hard drive with unknown model and 0 capacity in BIOS

Dell BIOS version A05
Intel 875p chipset
XP install disc with SP2

I was under the impression when it prompts you to create a partition with 'c' or hit 'enter' to install, hitting enter to install without manually creating partitions would make the system partition the whole drive for the installation (which is what I wanted). Did I messed it up by doing that or was this thing messed up from the get go?

Any ideas to fix this? Or is my hard drive just DOA?


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#1
December 3, 2009 at 15:29:12
How do you have the drive configured in the BIOS?

What service pack is integrated into your WinXP CD?


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#2
December 3, 2009 at 17:34:06
I have a feeling the Dell BIOS is very limited. The only options I can change under the drive config for the hard drive is to toggle drive type between auto detect and off.


The XP install disc has service pack 2 on it.


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#3
December 3, 2009 at 17:34:59
"I was under the impression when it prompts you to create a partition with 'c' or hit 'enter' to install, hitting enter to install without manually creating partitions would make the system
partition the whole drive for the installation (which is what I wanted)"

I don't install XP that often but, I think you need to create and format a partition, if none currently exist. Also 1 partition on a 600gb drive?

larry


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#4
December 3, 2009 at 17:38:20
When you went to do the install did it allow you to format the drive?

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#5
December 3, 2009 at 18:00:50
@larryf: Not a good idea huh? I just wanted to make sure I never ran out of space. My last hard drive was only 120 gb. I filled that thing up with no problem and spent the last year constantly deleting things to install and download other things, until it finally crapped out.

@grasshopper: No it never provided an option to format. As far as I got was the prompt to create partitions or install. Now I can't even get back to that screen.


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#6
December 3, 2009 at 20:07:51
Do you have the new drive jumpered to run at SATA I speeds? Look at the link below.

http://wdc.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/wdc...


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#7
December 4, 2009 at 00:12:12
Yes, I jumpered it across pins 5 and 6. This is the config for SATA I speed I found on the western digital troubleshooting FAQ for the new drive.

The link goes to this thread?


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#8
December 4, 2009 at 06:08:05
The link is evidently not working. Yes that is what the link was to.

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#9
December 4, 2009 at 20:34:21
So should I just RMA this drive?

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