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Old 08-08-2006, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default HDD Trouble loading XP

When i go to install windows from the xp cd, i click on the c: drive to install it and it comes up with the screen saying:

Setup must write some startup files to the following disk:
76317MB Disk 0 at ID 1 on bus 0 on atapi (MBR)

However the disk does not contain a XP compatible partition

I have been to the recovery part of the XP install disk and checked the disk for errors and it sometimes comes up with "the disk might contain inrecoverable errors" I have reformatted it and the HDD is still not recognised when i boot up the computer to install XP.
It only comes up once im in the XP cd ready to install it.

I have also gone into the bios and tried to make it recognise it.
Any hwlp would be greately appreciated.

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Old 08-08-2006, 10:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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um...fried harddrive? was it ever dropped?

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no just make sure the cable is seated properly then get a 98 boot disk run fdisk and see if it shows up there. if you can see it using the xp cd delete all partitions and create a new one then format it.

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