can't create XP compatible partition on HDD

October 25, 2010 at 17:16:05
Specs: Windows XP, 1600/512
I have an older vaio z1va laptop, the hard drive went bad, with me being poor and all I had to settle for a small 6GB replacement. The problem I've run into is that when installing XP Pro sp3, it will not let me create a xp compatible partition. I know that killdisk was used on the 6GB replacement. is this the problem? Have to get a blank cd so i can try using fdisk or some other bootdisk tools to reformat the hard drive. Any help on this subject would be great

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#1
October 25, 2010 at 18:52:31
try this:

http://distrowatch.com/index.php?di...

try creating a partition formated to fat32.
post back I'm curious as to the result.

larry


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#2
October 26, 2010 at 15:38:52
I have not tried GParted yet, but i did get Ultimate boot cd and almost all of the tool the were telling me that the 6gig hdd was infact a 23gig.....don't know whats up whith that? It is a travelstar 6 gig hdd...anyhow i'll give gparted a try asap

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#3
October 26, 2010 at 16:02:47
Windows XP on a 6 GB disk! I would think of something else. If you ever do manage to install XP on that disk there will be no room left for anything else and no room to expand. At best you will be constantly running out of disk space as your browser starts creating temporary files.

The Windows XP Cd comes with all the partitioning and formatting tools you need to set up a hard disk for Windows. Just read the screen and follow the prompts.

Stuart


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#4
October 27, 2010 at 14:50:48
windows xp won't let me create a compatible partition..don't know why....I also have a 320gb external

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#5
October 27, 2010 at 15:14:06
Even with an extern disk 6Gb is still perilously small.

When you boot the XP CD delete all existing partitions and create another partition from scratch and install on that.

Stuart


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#6
October 27, 2010 at 17:37:48
it still will not allow me to do this!

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#7
October 28, 2010 at 02:39:44
Is this an OEM disk that came with the laptop? If so it is probably trying to install to a per-defined configuration that it cannot achieve with the smaller disk drive.

Stuart


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