Installing Win XP on compressed NTFS drive

Micro-star international / Ms-6380e
February 10, 2011 at 04:44:41
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.533 GHz / 1023 MB
Hi, I wanted to install Windows XP Pro on a drive that has been previously formated and compressed via format from a previous Windows XP installation, but I can't seem to do it.

I wanted to avoid the "file in use" messages I get when I compress the drive on windows desktop, because it is the drive where windows is installed.

What would be the workaround for this?


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#1
February 10, 2011 at 05:44:32
I don't think you can install XP to an compressed drive.
You will given the option to format the drive early in the install process. Do so.

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#2
February 10, 2011 at 06:04:56
Boot off the XP disc, wipe out all partitioning, create a new partition(s), & do a full NTFS format (not quick).

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#3
February 10, 2011 at 09:16:11
That just formats the drive without compressing. I'd prefer if it could compress on-the-go during install.

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#4
February 10, 2011 at 09:23:45
You can't compress on the go. You have to do the install first and then you can compress the drive if you wish.

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