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I wanted to do a clean install of xp, system was running really slow, now no matter what option I take during the formatting of the harddrive, xp setup says that the drives are bad. The bios recognizes the drives. I was utilizing the drives inside of windows before I decided to a clean install. Are BOTH drives really dead or is it something else

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Hi, considering that the 20G hdd was manufactured years back, it is possible that they are really at the end of their life. Being detected in the bios does not necessarily mean that everything is ok with the drive(s). You may want to try a third party partitioning/formatting software such as partition magic which however would need a second pc that is fully operational and install the fireballs either as secondary or slave. Another way is to download a diagnostic software from quantum dgdsk250.exe, install in a diskette and boot your on that diskette with your fireballs installed. it will perform factory std check-up and give you info re status of hdds. Hope this be of some help. Pls post again how things turn up

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I have windows XP. What do I really have to have in the remove and install hardware screen to be able to safely run my computer. It is so slow and I have highspeed DSL?

You need everything in the hardware section, you can how ever go into the program section and remove any program that you do not need. you may also just need the computer cleaned up and checked for viruses.

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Hi I have Formatted my WD12000bevs hard drive and instaled XP when th pc re-boots to complete the instalation i get the XP logo and status bar then the Blue screen of Death with the STOP 0x0000007B code....

Do you have a version of XP on the computer internal drive?
If so, it may be the version that is trying to run on the reboot, and falling over.
Or possibly it just does not like the USB.

Also, running the system from USB has several problems.
It will mean the system runs sluggishly as the data rate over USB is not high.
Also external drives are prone to being accidentally disconnected, never a good thing for your system drive.

If you want to run XP on that 120GB drive I would;
Delete all partitions on it.
Remove it from the External enclosure.
Install it in your machine as the only drive.
Install XP.

This is my standard method for a new XP installation and it's much less grief than any other way.
If you are trying to do something different, please tell me.

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Do you have the option to set the start time on the HD bios 1 second behind the MB bios? I think if you can find that option you will fix your problem. The Bios on your board will see the drive but during normal boot, Xp drivers take over to run the hard drive so if you can slow the HD bios to 1 second behind the board bios this will fix your problem.

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It possible to run 2 differant os on 2 differant hd on 1 compute

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You have 3 paths to look at and you also need to think about the need to change out Vista for XP...

Vista has gotten a bad rap on being something that does not work... it works fine... unless you have some very old program that you have to have for your job, Vista will work just fine...

Now... 1. you can install a boot manager and have both Vista and XP on your computer... 2. you can reformate you HD and install XP, you have an XP disk and code??? 3. you can run Virtual PC on Vista and install XP, still need the disk and code...
Virtual PC will allow you to fire up XP and run it as a separate program on top of Vista... and it's a free download...

Still I would look at just why you need to change... I have been running Vista since before it came out and other than a couple of programs in the beginning were a problem, everything works just great...

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To re-install XP over it's self. Put the CD in your cdrom drive. Start the system & press the F5 key every 2 seconds. This will load a boot menue. Using your keyboards up & down arrow keys highlit the cdrom drive & press enter. You will see to boot to the cd press any key, press the space bar. XP will start to load. Choose the correct options for a re-install.
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Drivers required

SCSI Drivers are only an optional part.
This is not a problem with your driver floppies.

The problem is with the linux being preinstalled on the HD.

Linux uses many types of file-systems. Even if it was NTFS or FAT, it is most probable that windows xp cd won't be able to recognize it; because, it may use unsupported method of formatting.

What you have to do is;
1. Format the two HDs by either
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  • By a linux installation CD and here too, format the drive in FAT32 or NTFS and here, ONLY CREATE ONE FULL PARTITION COVERING ENTIRE SIZE OF DISK.
2. Install the windows xp in it, using the same booting from CD Porcess. Here, you may or may not choose to install the SCSI drivers ( the floppy you got by pressing F2 when it says to do so in the installation immediately). It is good not to install the SCSI drivers if it is not a necessity for you.

Now, you can create any number of partition, format, etc during win XP installation.

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Simple problem you made the partions using FAT 16 file system and 80 GB cannot be partition using win98 10 will limit the disk to 10 GB.
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throw windows in the trash bin and get Linux !!!

goto Maxtor website and download one of their drive install/diagnose/format programs (such as MaxBlast 5). Run it making sure to select appropriate options for XP.

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Could really use a lot more information, but to start you might
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