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Cant get XP pro on my new drive.

I think I am missing something. I have installed a new 320 Gb Western digital on my older 1999 Dell dimension 4100, Pent III. Formatted it with the WD utility with DDO. (didn't even enable full capacity) I am trying to install my full version of Win XP Pro. Blue screen for setup comes up and loads all the basic stuff then stops at Windows is starting up. I did this once already and got all the way through, but in the end it would not boot kept saying it couldn't see the drive. But the bios sees it just fine. So I whiped the drive with Derrick's boot nuke and started fresh. Any ideas? Maybe chipset? MBR?
I cant seem to figure this thing out. I had this machine running with this drive but the OS was an older version of XP home retail upgrade. I had to wipe that out to install XP pro. and now this. Please help

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    Jerry Tazbier Nov 24, 2008

    Yes I have only the new drive connected. I have let Xp OS format the drive and still no worky. I am trying a boot master program to see if the master boot record is on the drive. I still don't understand what could be making the install stop after the little stuff loads. This is not a Pirate OS it is retail full version.

  • Jerry Tazbier
    Jerry Tazbier Nov 24, 2008

    Thanks Smithbrother, I had XP running on this Drive already. I had a problem with it not being able to be activated. So I wiped out the drive with Darik's boot nuke program. Formated and partitioned it just fine then installed Xp Pro got all the way through and then would not boot from HD after restart. So I wiped it again and this is the problem I have now: It gets to the point when still in blue screen mode where it says Setup is starting Windows and just gets stuck there.


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Try letting the Xp OS format the new HD. I am guessing you know already that the old HD has to be disconnected. 

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  • Thomas F. Schneider Nov 24, 2008

    Can you hear the HD spin up? Check the power cord for the Power supply to the HD and maybe swap the power supply ord for another,if one is available,or use the one from the CD/DVD. Next option if available is put HD into another computer as a swecond drive to , for a short while, to see it it  uis a problem withthe HD or elsewhere . The BIOS can see a HD w/o it being powered up. I have made that error before.

  • Thomas F. Schneider Nov 24, 2008

    To install Windows XP
    to a new hard disk, follow these steps:

    Start your computer from the Windows XP CD (or boot disks). To do
    this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD or DVD drive, and then restart your

    When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears
    on the screen, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.

    At the Welcome
    to Setup
     screen, press
    ENTER to begin Windows XP Setup.

    Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.

    When you are prompted for the Windows XP CD, insert your Windows
    XP CD.

    Restart your computer.

    When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD"
    message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.

    At the Welcome
    to Setup
     screen, press
    ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a
    partition where you want to install Windows XP.

    Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP

    If these methods did
    not work for you, you can use the Microsoft Customer Support Services Web site
    to find other solutions to your problem. Some services that the Microsoft
    Customer Support Services Web sites provide include the following:

    If you continue to have
    problems, you might want to contact Support:


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