why cant i install OS after new hard drive

July 1, 2010 at 15:38:30
Specs: Windows XP
I just installed a new hard drive in my dad's gateway laptop. When I try to install XP it starts loading drivers and files and after a few minutes it goes to a blue screen and says that a problem with windows has been detected and it shut down the install. What is going on?

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#1
July 1, 2010 at 15:43:16
Did you check bios to see if hd shows up correctly?

Does the bios support that size of drive?

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#2
July 1, 2010 at 16:09:50
how do i check to see if it is recognized?

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#3
July 1, 2010 at 16:12:12
I found it and it shows up as the primary storage in the BIOS

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#4
July 1, 2010 at 17:17:42
Actually I re-read your post.

I'd start with some other OS. Get a linux live install and see if it will load. Mint or Fedora or Ubuntu are pretty easy.

If it loads and you can install linux then it may be one of two things. One is you have a OEM disk and somehow it may need some driver that isn't on a Retail disk. Otherwise some oddity with the drive. Maybe have to remove jumper or go to cable select or set to different mode or something. Might even be power supply related to new drive. Might be some hardware got bumped or loose or damaged in install.

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#5
July 1, 2010 at 18:47:45
How big is the drive and what version of XP--original, sp1, sp2?

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