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Formatting problem I have to change my hard drive to a new one and use xp on it but the system cant find the new drive to boot

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    Frank May 11, 2010

    is this a unformated new hard drive?

    if it is, then you need to format it with Windows XP installation CD.

    insert the CD and turn of the machine. follow the instructions.

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Have you already installed the OS? Go to select the boot option manually by going into the bios or set up screen when on the boot screen

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Does the new drive have XP on it already?
If not just boot from the XP disc and you should be able to do it from there.

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  • Josh Ryals
    Josh Ryals Feb 12, 2009

    If it has XP on it, hook it up as a slave to a different machine, format it and start over.

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