load XP Pro on replacement hard drive

Dell / Gx400
May 4, 2009 at 22:02:28
Specs: Windows XP, P4/256
I had a badly corrupted hard drive. It was a 40G original. I thought it would be easy enough to pick up a clean 80G hard drive from my local reseller and install XP PRO from a new MS disk. I cannot get past the 'invalid system disk replace disk...' message. I have tried resetting the BIOS to boot from CD first. I took out the added DVD drive. I have seen some discussion about unplugging unnecessary USB components. Would that include the wireless mouse and keyboard sending unit? Should I try the USB wired mouse and keyboard? Any other suggestions?
It sounded so easy when I read the stuff that came up when I Googled install XP on a new hard drive. What am I missing?

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#1
May 5, 2009 at 03:41:31
Clone the drive

Use the Seagate disk utilities.

If you want to do a fresh install, disconnect the old drive & boot from the windows cd.

Or have I missed something?

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#2
May 5, 2009 at 09:34:07
I want to install it clean to the replacement hard drive. I don't think I need to recover anything from the old drive. If I come across something that makes me want to go back in I will try that as another project.
I just pulled out the old drive and plugged in the new one. The diagram pin settings to Master indicate two jumpers. It only came with one. I pulled one off of the old drive to match the picture.
I reset the BIOS to boot from the CD drive first. I disconnected the DVD drive that I added. I left the wireless mouse and keyboard hooked up.
I booted from the CD drive using the new XP disk I bought and got the message about 'invalid system disk...'. I tried several times with that new disk and the Dell re-install disk that came with the computer and got the same message each time. That is where it stands now.

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#3
May 5, 2009 at 12:04:50
Is the hard disk seen in the bios?

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#4
May 5, 2009 at 12:30:38
Darnit. I thought for sure that it was but I did not check. I will check as soon as I get home. Thanks for reminding me of the little things. I will post again as soon as I check.

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#5
May 5, 2009 at 21:08:31
system setup recognized an 80 G hard drive. When I scroll down to primary 0 it shows an 80 G hard drive. Would I have to change anything about that recognition?

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#6
May 6, 2009 at 06:50:37
Not as far as I know.

You should be able to install windows from cd.

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#7
May 6, 2009 at 15:25:20
still getting the same message. what would keep the machine from recognizing either disk?

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#8
May 9, 2009 at 10:11:52
No luck so far. I was just reading a post on another thread on this topic, this forum. It indicated that a bad fan could preclude installation. My fan works but I get the message that it is not recognized, press F1 to continue. Could that cause me to continue to get the error 'invalid system disk...' In BIOS it shows the 80G hard drive, serial number and all. I have a mouse and a keyboard plugged in at USB.
I set the jumpers on the DeskStar to master, with two jumpers. It will me the only fixed drive. Should there just be one jumper. It came with one but the picture showed two so I stole one off of the old hard drive. Maybe that is wrong too.
I've checked my plugs again. How does one know if the drive is bad? The error message refers to the disk but I am running out of ideas.
Any suggestions, anyone?

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#9
May 9, 2009 at 14:49:34
When you boot from CD you should get a prompt to "Press any key to boot CD"

It is possible you cannot press a key during this boot sequence if you are using a wireless or USB keyboard. Do you have a PS/2 keyboard you can use temporarily during the install?

The error message "Invalid System Disk" usually refers to either a Non-bootable floppy disk left in a floppy drive, or more likely in your case it is simply that your new harddrive does not yet contain any bootfiles.

If you are certain that your bios is set to boot from CD first but you are not getting a prompt to press any key then that raises two possibilities. The disk is not being read either because it is faulty or the CD drive is faulty.

As to the jumpers on the new drive, I've not seen a drive that required more than one jumper to set it as Master/slave/CS

As long as the harddrive is detected by BIOS during boot you should be OK.

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#10
May 10, 2009 at 19:40:51
I'm sorry that I did not mention it before. I do get the prompt 'press any key...' After 6-8 seconds the message about invalid disk comes up
I am going to bring home a PS/2 keyboard and mouse tomorrow. How do I detect or provide bootfiles to the new hard drive? There is nothing in the floppy drive.
I hope the disk is not bad. It is brand new and has yet to provide a successful download. How can I check the disk? I have access to several computers. The CD drive seemed to work fine with the corrupt hard drive. I can try a different CD drive if this is indicated.
I will replace the jumper to OEM.
What would I do to clean the corrupt drive and use the new disk to repair that old drive?
Too many questions?
Thanks for any help y'all can provide. I will try it all to get this new drive to work.

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#11
May 11, 2009 at 20:57:19
Well how about that! I replaced the USB mouse and keyboard with PS/2 versions and the boot started. I got through the formatting and copying stages and then the computer restarted. It came up in GUI and completed the installation.
I am not sure who to thank, but thanks. I want to bring the box online in the next couple of days. Can you point me to a good safe startup procedure, including recommendations for firewall, anti-virus and update protocol. Thanks again.

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#12
May 12, 2009 at 06:17:34
I would check out Gizmos Freeware for firewall & anti virus.

Then download Service pack 3.

Get the recommended updates.

Although personally. I found Internet explorer 8 slowed down my pc.

Then, once you have a basic install, I would use ghost or acronis to clone the drive, then you will have new image to clone the drive from next time you want to do a fresh install.

In any other order, Install Office set up email. Get Driver Max to get the latest drivers.

Personally, I also create a separate partition. You can then change the properties of My documents, so that they are save to a separate partition, you can also, backup/image your C drive to this, then if the is problem with you main installation, you can restore, (ghost or acronis) from D:

I use Comodo, anti virus & firewall, mainly because it seems to upate the virus definitions automatically.

Although I use AVG on my other pc.

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