Fail to install from flash drive; setup says drive corrupted

January 1, 2015 at 08:01:23
Specs: Windows 7
I have a similar problem to a question asked in 2011- mine is on an Acer Veriton without optical drive. So I followed the advice there and changed the SATA BIOS from AHCI to Native IDE. The result of that was that I never go as far as the select partition screen - just the BSOD!

I reset the BIOS and got the same result. So now I can't get anything to work on installing XP - yuck!

The BSOD gave advice to use CHKDSK /f but as I don't have anything yet installed, I have no way of doing it. Now I have an unusable PC, thanks to WinToFlash.

Tony


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#1
January 1, 2015 at 09:40:35
Can't comment on that old post unless you give a link - no idea how you found it.
Maybe it (or your hardware) was not similar enough.

"I reset the BIOS"
Do you mean you put the settings back to the way you found them or did you do a BIOS reset?

Please provide the model number of your computer.

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#2
January 1, 2015 at 10:48:55
Derek

The old message I found at http://www.computing.net/answers/wi... Specifically the idea there of trying to get the empty hard drive recognised by the Windows setup. Misleadingly the setup appears to be finding a partition on the hard drive but apparently it is actually looking at the flash drive!

My PC is an Acer Veriton N series N2120G and has the small volume case so there is nowhere for an optical drive. Hence I have need for a USB flashdrive installation method for XP. I have tried the BartPE and the WinToFlash methods.

Regarding BIOS - I tried the change in the old message for the SATA drive. Then when I got BSOD I booted back in BIOS and changed the one item back to the way it was. No, I did not use the restore defaults option.

Tony

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#3
January 1, 2015 at 12:04:38
XP was released before SATA drives became widely available, therefore it doesn't natively support them. That's why the XP installation to a SATA HDD is a bit tricky. One of the tricks is to change the BIOS setting from AHCI to IDE. What that does is trick XP into recognizing the unsupported SATA HDD as an IDE drive. It's not the most preferred method, but it's the easiest.

"Now I have an unusable PC, thanks to WinToFlash"

WinToFlash is not to blame. The problems you're having are self-inflicted. I can only guess that you prepared the flash drive incorrectly. And I don't know why you reset the BIOS? The only BIOS settings that should have been changed were the boot order (USB should be listed 1st) & the AHCI/IDE setting. And the AHCI/IDE change isn't necessary if you have a properly prepared XP disc (or ISO) with the SATA drivers already slipstreamed into it. By resetting the BIOS, ALL the settings have reverted to defaults, so you will now have to run thru each of them & correct as necessary. Make sure to save your changes before you exit.

If you can explain the steps you used to prepare the flash drive, maybe we can determine where you went wrong & how to fix it.


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#4
January 1, 2015 at 13:08:24
It doesn't really matter but I found no name or other mention of "WinToFlash" on that old post.

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#5
January 1, 2015 at 16:21:13
Insert your usb flash drive & then go into the bios & change the boot order to boot from the flash drive.

F10 to save.

Reboot.


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#6
January 2, 2015 at 00:10:37
If you have problems booting from the flash drive maybe you should consider getting a USB CD/DVD drive. It's something you'll often wish you had.

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#7
January 2, 2015 at 05:39:04
Some answers to comments, and thanks for trying.

I do have an external USB CD/DVD drive but that won't work until I have an OS installed. The PC can't detect it (PnP) so that is why I needed to try and install XP from a memstick which the PC can detect to boot.

I don't have any problem booting from the USB flashdrive.

The only problem is that the XP install flash drive cannot find any hard drive partitions so the install fails.

I followed the instructions exactly to let the programme make the install USB flash drive. I did not attempt to change anything. Incidentally, no mention in the instructions as to including special drivers.

No, I have not made extensive changes to the BIOS and have not reset it using the default option. The only change I made was the AHCI/IDE and reversing it back to the original. To boot I used the F12 menu to select boot from USB.

I hope that clarifies things?

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#8
January 2, 2015 at 07:08:06
"I have not made extensive changes to the BIOS and have not reset it using the default option"

From your original post - "I reset the BIOS and got the same result". We can only go by what you tell us. If you give bad info, you will get bad advice.

"The only problem is that the XP install flash drive cannot find any hard drive partitions so the install fails"

As I stated in response #3, XP doesn't natively support SATA drives, so to get XP to recognize the HDD, you'll either have to change the BIOS setting to IDE mode, or leave the setting at AHCI & slipstream the SATA drivers into your USB/XP disc.

http://www.nliteos.com/guide/

"I do have an external USB CD/DVD drive but that won't work until I have an OS installed"

Change the boot order in the BIOS.

EDIT: why are you bothering with XP anyway? Win7 should install easily & without any hassles if your system meets the hardware requirements. One other thing - is this the original HDD? Are you sure it doesn't have a recovery partition? Hold the F10 key at startup to activate the Recovery.

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#9
January 2, 2015 at 09:53:08
Just wondered about the background to this. Was it originally working with XP and suddenly went wrong, causing you to re-install XP? If so let us know what the original problem was. Your answer might help focus our responses and/or give us an idea if you are likely to have a hardware or software fault.

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#10
January 3, 2015 at 09:04:14
WinXP sp3 does have the ability to install to SATA hard drives. Post what version of WinXP you have.

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#11
January 4, 2015 at 08:03:37
I doubt the OP will return but to the best of my knowledge, XP SP3 does not contain AHCI drivers & will not install to a SATA HDD without F6 drivers, slipstreamed drivers, or the BIOS change to IDE mode.

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#12
January 4, 2015 at 08:10:45
Two answers and thanks for trying!

The reason for using XP is because my wife's computer is very old and slow and has XP Pro sp3 on it. So I bought the new Acer one for her which comes with only FreeDOS installed. I intended to use the Files and settings transfer wizard to get all her stuff on the new PC, so need to have the XP OS on it before I can make the transfer.

And yes, the install discs I used to create the USB flashdrive install is XP Pro with sp3 slipstreamed into it when sp3 first came out. So according to message 10, I should be OK!


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#13
January 4, 2015 at 08:36:53
riider

After doing some more research it appears you are correct. No version of XP contains SATA drivers. I was led to believe otherwise through some threads here at CN.


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#14
January 4, 2015 at 08:58:45
"the install discs I used to create the USB flashdrive install is XP Pro with sp3 slipstreamed into it when sp3 first came out. So according to message 10, I should be OK!"

No. Like I've tried to explain several times, XP (regardless of the version) does not have built-in SATA support. You either need to load the AHCI/SATA drivers using the F6 option at the start of the XP installation, OR you'll need to create a new XP disc with the AHCI/SATA drivers slipstreamed into it, OR you'll need to change the AHCI setting in the BIOS to IDE mode. Those are the only work-arounds. If you don't do one of the 3, XP setup will not detetct the HDD.

If you choose the IDE mode option, you can install the drivers after XP is installed, then on the next reboot, enter the BIOS & re-enable AHCI.

https://expertester.wordpress.com/2...


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#15
January 9, 2015 at 19:39:06
Crazy idea.... can you remove the drive? install in another computer, install xp, return to the first computer and then let it "repair" itself? Although I play with old junk P4s I ahve swap drives between computers and some work without issues.

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#16
January 9, 2015 at 23:54:15
The motherboard on the other computer would have to be the same model as in the first one else you'd get the blue screen error on first boot after moving it.

Sometimes you can do a repair install when moving a drive to another computer but I think you always have to boot from the XP cd after moving it, and that's what you've been unable to do anyway. But here's some info:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/opera...

and

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/978788


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#17
January 9, 2015 at 23:56:03
Shifting a Windows install onto different hardware might be possible but you'll run into all sorts of driver issues, even if it boots up. The quickest and simplest way forward is the last line in #14.

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#18
January 21, 2015 at 07:42:16
I have managed to get an install onto the PC, but Acer Help desk is still puzzling over what they would recommend as the right way!

Reading all the suggestions made me think laterally - if XP install does not have the necessary SATA driver, but Win 7 install does, then use that instead. It might take a bit longer getting some programmes installed later but worth a try.

So I used the Windows bootable USB creator tool and Isorecorder to make an iso image from my install DVD. When I tried the F12 boot to removeable media it worked like a charm! Eventually I had to delete all the FreeDOS partition as it kept confusing the startup of Win 7 but it is all OK now.

Except for automatic activation which failed. The new PC's install of Win 7 from my DVD won't activate so I am going to have to go through the ""Contact Microsoft"" rigmarole to sort that out.
Maybe that is why I keep getting a NMI: Channel check IO CHK failure - never ends does it!

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#19
January 21, 2015 at 08:15:24
Thanks for feedback. Let us know how you get on if you have time.

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