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Xp pro repair/reinstall problem

Something got messed up but I can't determine what.

Maxtor 160gb drive worked fine until last week, running XP Pro SP2 in 8gb partition C drive (I had been getting ready to increase partition size but needed to backup before that, oops, forgot to do that!). Installed new Acer 22" monitor and some of it's software and upon reboot received an error message that I can't recall or replicate but the only option was 3-finger salute and now no boot into Windows.

Tried to repair XP without success. Tried Seagate CD with diagnostics and ended up installing DDO but no boot.

Took 2nd harddrive from same system, Seagate 160gb, that had been the backup drive that I was refreshing for a new backup of both OS and Data but I don't have any other backup. Formatted that drive trying to do fresh install of XP Pro but after first section of install when it reboots, that drive also has DDO and if I'm not there it tries unsuccessfully to boot from the harddrive and hangs indefinitely. Restarting system and choosing boot from CD takes me back to start of install rather than resuming. What am I missing?

I have another system with XP Home, a laptop with XP Pro, and 3 systems with Linux. I haven't tried hooking up the Maxtor as a slave as yet to a working system but may do so shortly. Any suggestions? Acronis Disk Director 10? Thanks in advance. Roached

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  • cdmontoya37 Sep 30, 2008

    250 gig maxor,
    need to reinstall the components that I have lost

    Brand new hard drive

    pleas advise

  • claudio3833 Oct 04, 2008

    wdc wd800bb-55jkc0

  • Roachrlsjr Oct 06, 2008

    Thanks, but that didn't solve the problem but of course it's always a good suggestion. I think my motherboard controller being 8-9 years old may not be cooperating as I bought a new WD 320GB drive and had no luck trying a fresh install of XP.

    Interestingly, I used a different computer to format the old drive attached as a slave, changed it to a master, installed and configured PCLOS 2007 leaving plenty of room to install other OS for multi-boot. I'll let you know if moving it to the old box will show any recognition glitches. PCLOS is very friendly and the ONLY reason I need XP is some CAD software that needs it to function, too bad there isn't a Linux port!



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Check the connection of your hard disk, its properly conect or not
change the cd of windows and check it,

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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    syed mujahed Oct 07, 2008

    may be, i think u r motherboard is not supporting wd 320 harddisk upgrade u r system like motherboard,ram and chipset



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