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Being honest I WOULD start frim scratch.
I would first go into bios and set the cd/dvd drive to first boot position and hdd to second.
Then hit f10 to save data nad exit.
I woild the put the OS disk in and hit a button during the boot up process in order to get the laptop into the setup screen.
As I was going through the setup process I would ensure that I DELETED ALL PARTITIONS ON THE HARD DISK....so that the setup process showed that the only space on the drive was unallocated space.
Then, as guided by the on screen prompts, I would create the largest partition XP permitted me to create, it would then show me that I had a large partition and it would create a small partition for system data.
It then starts the installation procedure, on the large partition , you will have selected this ...and off it goes to complete with no errors.
Just leave it alone to complete.
There have been several times that people have been stuck with a virus infected or a corrupt Windows Operating System and are finding it very difficult to get a fresh installation because of a boot order problem. It could also be a clean working Operating System but the user just wants a new one. The PC, whether laptop or desktop, could be a gift from a friend or one that they have been using for some time.
In the case of a gift from a friend, it could be that a forgotten password has been set in the bios and all has been done by the user to gain access but to no avail. There are also situations whereby the boot order is set alright to boot from CD/DVD but the PC just fails to boot from the CD. In these cases, even thought the bootable CD/DVD is in the drive, the PC just boots straight to the unwanted Operating System but you know that your CD/DVD drive works fine.
Here's what to do: Obtain appropriate screw drivers and carefully remove the hard disk from the laptop or desktop. Now Obtain an appropriate external hard disk connector for the type of hard drive you have. In the case of a desktop hard disk, you could easily connect it as a slave hard drive in another available desktop by setting the jumper to the slave position (could be primary slave or secondary slave depending on the drives in the PC).
Try and backup any important files from the hard disk or from the partition with the Operation System in the case where more than one partition exists on the hard drive. When that is done, then you will need a Hard Disk or Partition Management Software like Windows Disk Management(which can be accessed by right-clicking on 'My Computer' and selecting 'Manage' and the 'Disk Management' in the resulting window). You can also use a third party software.
Now delete the partition and create a new Partition (Primary Partition). Then format the partition (NTFS file system recommended). When this is done, disconnect the hard disk and fix it back into the PC. Now you are ready to install a fresh Windows Operation System. Turn on the PC, Insert the bootable Operating System CD/DVD (e.g Windows XP) and there you go: your PC will automatically boot from the CD/DVD.
You may not have created a partition on your hard disk. To install OS in your PC.
1. Insert your bootable CD in your CD/DVD-ROM Drive. 2. Press any key to boot from CD. Setup will then load the necessary files. 3. Once everything is loaded. Press "C" to create partition. You can specify the amount of disk space on your primary partition. You can also create another partition for the remaining disk space. 4. Select the partition where you want to install your Operating System then press "Enter". 5. It will prompt you to format the partition. Choose NTFS format and press Enter. 6. Once complete, it will reboot your PC several Times. If you're ask to press any key again to boot from CD...DO NOT press any KEY...Just wait for it to load. And it will continue with the setup. 7. Just follow the next steps...
to fix the problem you must open your laptop check the hardware inside of your laptop hardisk thats the problem try to unplug cables of hardisk to plug again or replace new hardware hardisk if not solve the problem
The recovery disk is usually stored as a separate partition on the hard disk itself (Mostly in cases of laptop disks), so when ever you purchase laptops with pre-installed Operating System, The very first thing you do is create a CD/DVD recovery disk ie burn the recovery partition on the CD/DVD. so that you can use the same DVD in case the OS crashes. In your case as your hard disk was crashed and replaced ask the people from where you purchased the laptop/pc to restore it to the new hard disk, or purchase the Operating System.
your bought compag computer is a new one , because that error is appears only if the hard drive or the harddisk is defective or damage. Your installation of windows xp is finished totally because sometimes the error is appears because the system installation is not finished and the os system cannot read. try to re install again the windows and delete the old partitions and create again if the problem is the same even there is no error in the installation until it's finished i say that the problem is in the harddisk. Maybe the harddisk develop a bad sector in the master boot record of the hardrive