Can't install XP on new hard drive.

July 18, 2011 at 12:50:03
Specs: Windows XP
I just installed a new 250GB (Interface : Support ATA-2/3/4/5/6) hard drive for my HP Pavilion ze4800 (ze4805us) notebook. However, during XP setup it states "You asked setup to create a new partition on 230276 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on bus 0 on atapi (MBR)". Why is setup trying to create a partition on atapi? I assume because it's not recognizing the new hard drive. Or is atapi actually the correct place? Continuing through setup I get the error "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged...make sure the drive is switched on..." I checked out the PhoenixBIOS (version KAMI.59) and now see the hard drive parameter is set at a max of 129GB...uh oh. Does this mean I need to install a smaller hard drive or are there other options?

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July 18, 2011 at 12:59:18
You need to go to BIOS and change your hard drive mode.

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July 18, 2011 at 13:25:40
Which hard drive mode should I select? Also, which part of my original post will this address. Thanks for your help.

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July 18, 2011 at 14:07:36
the hard drive parameter is set at a max of 129GB

There's your problem. To use larger disks both your BIOS and OS must be 48 bit compliant. It appears that yours isn't.


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July 18, 2011 at 18:23:31
Is 250G almost 230276 MB? I doubt you have a cd that is that big.

Do you have sp3 slipstreamed in to that cd?

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