XP installation fails on drive D

September 29, 2012 at 11:39:34
Specs: Windows XP, 1GHz Pentium 3
I recently tried to resurrect my old HP Vectra (original drive had failed) by putting in a 80GB drive that was being used as a second drive on a different computer where it provided partition D and E while the first drive was C.
I now plugged this second drive as the only drive into Vectra and ran XP service pack 3 cd to start installation. The XP CD showed the partitions on the drive now as C (NTFS)and E (Win32) and 46 MB free space.
I deleted E and then created a new partition that contained all the free space. The new partition showed up as D.
Now I formatted D with NTFS.
The partition C still has lots of files and documents (but no OS) on it so I chose to install XP on newly created D instead.
The installation started and reached the stage after copying of installation files where the XP says that PC will now reboot to continue installation- remove any floppy from the drive.
Now when it reboots it ends up with a black screen with a blinking hyphen on the tops left that stays there forever.
I have gone back to restart the install and over write the previous files with and without fresh format, the end result is the same.
What is going wrong?

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#1
September 29, 2012 at 15:07:08
Correction; in line 6 of the main post please read Fat32 instead of Win32.

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September 29, 2012 at 17:40:33
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#3
September 30, 2012 at 07:44:05
You have to install XP on the C: parttition. If there are files on the HDD that you need, copy them off, wipe out ALL the current partitions, create one or more new partitions, format using NTFS, THEN install XP on C:.

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#4
September 30, 2012 at 14:56:31
Thanks Riider
I have googled that and it seems that XP can be installed on other partitions than C e.g people have 2 OS on the same pc on 2 partitions on one disk. There are mentions of XP on D or E. Others mention that whatever drive XP is installed becomes main/primary after install.
Copying files from C in my case is not that straight forward, otherwise I wouldn't put this post. This is an IDE drive and my current PC is all Sata, and unfortunately IDE to Sata adapter that i bought didn't help my new PC recognize my IDE drive.
If I manage to install XP on this then hopefully I would recover those files!!!

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