Can't install windows xp - formats over+over

Microsoft Windows xp home edition with s...
August 26, 2010 at 01:58:00
Specs: Windows XP home sp1
I got a computer from someone, and it had an illegal copy of windows on. I then tried to put my copy of windows xp on, but it wouldn't install as my copy was older. Eventually, we had to take the hard drive out and format it as a slave drive, just to get it formatted. We put it back, try to install xp, it formats the drive, says windows is starting up, and just keeps going back to the formatting of the drive. We've tried using my current hard drive - it flashes the windows logo after memory check, and then returns to memory check. The processor is a p4 titan 667. The hard drive is a Seagate barracuda 7200.7 (40 gig), and the motherboard is a GA-v8 667.

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#1
August 26, 2010 at 02:07:47
During the installation process, when you get asked for the hard drive and partition to install windows to, try to delete the existing partition and let windows create a new one.

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#2
August 27, 2010 at 06:04:09
Hi Paul

Thanks for replying to my post. Yes, I did think of that and did try it, but nothing happens! Do you maybe have any other ideas I could try please?

Thanks,
Karen


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#3
August 27, 2010 at 06:52:38
Did you reset the drive jumper to Master and also check in bios to see the boot order is properly set? Does the system have a floppy drive? If so I suggest you get a HDD diagnostic tool and test the drive integrity. I also like to run Memtest86 on any system before installation so I know the RAM is OK.

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#4
August 27, 2010 at 09:43:47
Yes, as Richard59 stated. The next step is to download a drive fitness test and run it, to check your hard drive.

You can simply use google to search for drive fitness test and the manufacturers name of the hard drive.
You may find the right tool here:
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

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#5
August 27, 2010 at 10:26:07
after you format the first time and it reboots do not hit any key. Doing so will boot the cd again instead of the drive which will make you think you are in a loop.

Alternately after format remove the xp cd so the system boots from the drive not the cd then, when requested, put the xp cd in to continue the install.


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#6
September 8, 2010 at 11:08:01
Hi, sorry I haven't replied yet. Thanks for the suggestions, I haven't tried any of them yet, I've been too busy trying to sort out the latest problem! When I start the computer now, it tells me hard disc failure. Trying to get the drivers for the motherboard, perhaps that will solve this problem...

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#7
September 8, 2010 at 12:00:37
Hard disk failure is a bios message which is BEFORE you begin to load drivers. This is now a hardware not a software/OS issue.

Did you move any cables?
Power connected to the drive?


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