Windows XP installation Doesn't complete

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 15, 2009 at 00:57:53
Specs: Windows XP professional
Hi all, my problem is that after windows has completed copying of files to the hard drive, I get to the point where the PC reboots, but restarts the whole process over again. i.e. takes me back to the part where i must partition the hard drive and copy the files across....again. I am not getting to the point where xp starts installing, please help?

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#1
December 15, 2009 at 01:49:32
1. What kind of harddrive do you have IDE or SATA?
2. Have you checked in bios to see that the HDD is listed in the boot list? I normally set my boot order to Floppy first followed by CDROM then Harddrive.

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#2
December 17, 2009 at 00:16:29
its an IDE, and CD-ROM is set first, then the hard drive...But i changed that to force it to boot from hard drive, but no dice. It said "insert boot media"

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#3
December 17, 2009 at 00:41:09
OK well reset bios to CD first followed by HDD.

Is this a new clean drive or are you re-installing after a crash of some kind?
If re-installing are you using a retail install disk or an OEM restore disk? Did you remove the original partition and set up a new partition/format prior to attempting installation?

If you are re-installing following a crash then I suggest you might like to download a diagnostic tool from the maker of your harddrive and test the drive integrity before continuing with installation attempts.

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#4
December 17, 2009 at 23:32:54
I set the BIOS to boot from CD first then HDD, still a problem. But, I used a new, off the shelf, hard drive and installed windows xp to it, and it worked fine. What could have been the problem with the other hard drive?

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#5
December 18, 2009 at 02:48:31
Download the applicable diagnostic tool and run some tests on the drive including zero fill format. If it passes all those tests it will still be useful as storage.

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