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How to properly setup a single hard drive for Windows.

Hello Windows user, setting up Windows on your hard drive is easy, but there is a better way to setup Windows so you will never have problems later, (especially XP users), So before you start setting up Windows, I suggest you partition your hard drive to 2 (or 3) partition, one for the system (usually this is drive C:), one for your data (this is drive D:). Partitioning simply divides your hard drive to several sections, the main advantage is in case your windows system goes bad, or get infected by a virus, you can easily back up your important documents, simply copy all your important files to drive D: (drive D: is not erased if you setup Windows on drive C:)



for example:
To create a partition, on an XP setup, using a 160GB hard drive, divide your 160GB Hard Drive to 2, Press C to create a partition see picture. 80GB for windows system files and 80GB for data files.

Never setup the entire Windows on drive C: alone. create 2 partition. So before you choose where to setup Windows, there is an option to create another partition, input how much storage space you need for the partition in our example 80GB on a 160 GB drive. then proceed to setup Windows on drive C:. (at this point there are two drives, C: and D:)
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On Windows Vista, although the backup is automatic, its much wiser to partion your hard drive.

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That is because it was designed for Vista not the obsolete XP. There are no hard drive drivers suitable in XP.
Re install Vista or install Win7.
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Hello sir and Windows user, setting up Windows on your hard drive is easy, but there is a better way to setup Windows so you will never have problems later, like back up and searching for flash drives (especially XP users), So before you start setting up Windows, I suggest you partition your hard drive to 2 (or 3) partition, one for the system (usually this is drive C:), one for your data (this is drive D:). Partitioning simply divides your hard drive to several sections, the main advantage is in case your windows system goes bad, or get infected by a virus, you can easily back up your important documents, simply copy all your important files to drive D: (drive D: is not erased if you setup Windows on drive C:)

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for example:
To create a partition, on an XP setup, using a 160GB hard drive, divide your 160GB Hard Drive to 2, Press C to create a partition see picture. 80GB for windows system files and 80GB for data files.

Never setup the entire Windows on drive C: alone. create 2 partition. So before you choose where to setup Windows, there is an option to create another partition, input how much storage space you need for the partition in our example 80GB on a 160 GB drive. then proceed to setup Windows on drive C:. (at this point there are two drives, C: and D:)

On Windows Vista, the backup is automatic, but then again, its much wiser to partition your hard drive.

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I have a Biostar M7VIG-400 motherboard, and I can't install my windows xp, i tried replacing the memory, power supply the DVD/CD drive and even my XP Installation Disc... i need help... tnx


I believe that you have to have a problem in the computer Bios. Some bios versions have a built in anti-virus option that I believe keeps viruses from writing to the boot sector of the hard drive. This can foul the Windows setup process. I would try going into system bios and writing down the current settings on each page. Then reset the bios to the default settings. If you see a virus option disable it. I would also disable the smart drive option on your hard drives. I've seen some of the video settings in the bios interfer with Windows setup but not until later on in the installation hardware detection phase so I don't think that is the immediate problem. I don't know if you're trying to use any kind of raid configuration but if you're not make sure the hard drive or IDE is set to auto configuration mode. I think your failure is due to the setup not recognizing the hard drives properly or being able to write to them properly.

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