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I replaced a bad 120 gb hard drive with a WD 500gb sata hard drive. Installation went fine, however I am having trouble with the reinstall of the XP system. It freezes up at the point where it asks if you want to set up or repair windows. Can anyone help?

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First, I would remove the 120 from the system during installation. If possible, use a Windows XP disc w/ SP2 to speed up installation of the OS. Plus SP2 handles a maximum disk size error which limits you maximum partition size. (Under SP1 I think the largest partition can be 137 MB)
I would recommend using NTFS format for the hard drive.
Once it is installed, you can always re-connect it to simplify the installation.
If it's still freezing, check the disc for damage or defects.

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