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Installing new hard drive.

Yes i am installing a new hard drive because my last hard drive locked up and i could not restore it. so now i have a new drive and have connected it in my bios it shows that it is seeing my hard drive and when i go to set up windows xp it says cannot find hard drive could this be a problem with my motherboard? and maybe my other hard drive was okay as well. my last hard drive said that it wasnt finding the windows/system32/ or was corrupt. my old hard drive was a western digital 800. my new hard drive is a western digital 1600AAJS AND I HAVE A LAND PARTY HOME COMPUTER.

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  • champaroo Sep 22, 2007


  • champaroo Sep 22, 2007

    on my first harddrive i got the error that windows/system32/config/windows is missing or corrupt. and i would try a repair and it would say system cannot find harddrive. and now with my new harddrive no errors until i try to install windows it will say cannot find harddrive also. sorry bout the caps last message



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Yah see what my problem was that even though im not setting up a bios on my pc i still had to install my bios floppy disk do you have one of those once i installed that disk i was able to intall windows xp and everything connected.

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From what it sounds like it is not your motherboard or harddrive. it is the formating of the hard drive. What is the format you are using for your harddrive ? FAT32 or NTFS ? are you Partitioning your drive ? Are you familure with dos commands ?

Posted on Sep 22, 2007

  • Thomas Wesche Sep 23, 2007

    Windows xp does have its own fdisk support. However you will need to do a full format on your hard drive for this to work. Format your hard drive then install windows xp. XP will partition your hard drive. But from what you are saying sounds like you need to do a unconditional format.
    Do you have a windows 98 boot disk ? If so insert it when you turn your computer on its 3.5" floppy once its loaded. Select end so you will end up with A:/
    from there you want to type this exactly as i put it ok.
    This will do a very thourough job of formating your hard drive. It will fix problems with read write errors also.



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