when installing xp pro can`t copy some files

September 14, 2010 at 19:12:10
Specs: Windows XP[sp1], amd 1130 512
somtimes will copy files othertimes won`t,as little as 16% up to 82% on ntfs.tried fdisk but will
only format 10gb on 80gb drive

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September 14, 2010 at 19:25:23
Why are you using fdisk at all. WinXP CD is all you need.

If XP won't install there may be something wrong with your CD.

Are you saying when WinXP attempts to format the partition it can't finish? If so, I recommend you download and run a drive fitness utility from the manufacturer of your brand of hard drive. Install to disk and then run it.

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September 15, 2010 at 03:03:34
Try washing the CD with warm, soapy water. Don't use it until it's completely dry.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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November 10, 2010 at 15:13:03
There reason you can not work from COPIES of the XP install CDs is because they contain tricks to detect that you are running from a COPY. Primary one is LOCATION of the file pieces ...

unlike your COPY, they are intentionally SCATTERED so reading takes longer than it should. IF the installation program finds your drive gave it up too quickly, it will bomb with a 'can't read' error. Imagine that!

You can confirm this by simply copying the entire installation CD to something fairly slow, and listening to the head moving around in the CD drive.

The only way a COPY will work is if you make a BIT LEVEL COPY. Every BIT has to be in roughly the same place as on the original, something the FILE ACCESS MODE of copying will not let you do.

You need to make an EXACT IMAGE of the original CD.

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November 10, 2010 at 16:09:23
Kansas Wiz

Your statement above is nonsense. You have every right to make an archive copy of your Windows disks.

20 minutes ago I finished installing Windows 7 pro 64 bit on a new build. I burned a copy of the original DVD and used it to install, as I always do. No problems at all.

The CD in use above is either dirty or damaged or the drive is faulty. If it is a copy it may be a bad copy.

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November 10, 2010 at 18:30:12
Failure to copy files correctly during XP Installation is sometimes a consequence of bad RAM.
In addition to running Harddrive diagnostics from a bootable floppy or CD I would also recommend running Memtest86 from a bootable floppy or CD. Google for it.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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November 10, 2010 at 20:03:13
I call BS on the "Kansas Wiz" statement, too. It is completely and outrageously false.

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