I REPLACED MY HD, installed agian XP OS...
SO now i have my old HD in a USB box, so i can access my data..
Problem i still have a few important softwares installed on this USB HD.
So i would like to boot from the old OS still installed on my usb HD when i want to run these softwares, without having to install them all over again on my new HD or unplug my new HD and plug back my old one!!
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The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.
Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Check in the BIOS settings. You probably want to either enable legacy AHCI support, or you need the appropriate AHCI/SATA drivers for Windows XP. Otherwise, the system will install in compatibility mode, and then be unable to recognize the disk once booting in standard mode.
The system is in a reboot loop. Possible causes are:
Corrupt installation of Windows
Bad Hard Drive
Try booting to the Windows XP CD, see if you can access recovery console and run CHKDSK /R If that doesn't resolve, boot to the resource CD, and run diagnostics on the HDD
If you can't, boot to the XP CD or Resource CD, try removing the HDD and booting to the CD. If the system boots then, the HDD is most likely bad.
If you can't boot to any device, try RAM modules individually, see if system boots with only 1 module installed. If no change, then motherboard is bad. On a system this age, I do not recommend replacing a motherboard as it is not cost effective
Anyway, normally when installing any SO lets you select the partition where you want to install the SO. Select the partition belonging to the USB External HD, and do everything else normally.
You must have in mind that you will lose everything in the USB HD, and that using it this way the OS will work only when the HD is plugged to the same PC, it may work with a different PC with different hardware but the SO will install the new drivers for the new hardware.
That's why I recommend you to use linux, check this out www.pendrivelinux.com/
No - this is something that can generally only be resolved with a repair install of the XP.
The repair option can be accessed while doing a standard (i.e. boot from the CD) install. Note: this is a repair option after you select to install; not the repair/recovery options on the first screen.
It should detect your OS and ask if you want to repair it. This will cause you to have to reactivate windows, and I highly recommend having your drivers already downloaded and ready to be installed. Some programs my have to be reinstalled also.
There is a sysprep tool that can be used, but I've always found it easiest to do a repair.