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Can't install Windows XP Home on Compaq CQ50-139M Notebook

I can't restore my notebook to Vista any more (froze up) and don't really want to. I have a good Windows XP Home SP-3 installation CD. When I go to install XP the process stops with "...Errors on the Hard Drive.." message on a blue screen.

The hard drive checks out ok and I've copied most of the files want from the drive by using a Sata -USB enclosure and reading the HDD on another computer.

I have installed XP home on several old laptops and desktops with few problems but on this newer machine it doest work...

The hard drive is a 2.5" SATA WD 1600BEVT . Are SATA drives compatible with XP Home OS? Is there something in the BIOS to change--seems there are very few options in the BIOS I am seeing...Nothing about Hard Drives except boot order. Is there an advanced BIOS setting option?
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Carl

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  • montanawolf9 May 11, 2010

    Vista is a funny OS. When you tried the install, did you wipe the drive, and reformat first? I have a sata drive, and mine works fine with xp.I would leave the bios alone for now.

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I would run a deeper scan of the hard drive while hooked up to the SATA -USB enclosure. Try using either Seatools or Western digital Data lifegurad tools and run the long scans. If the XP CD is in fact SP-3 it should have all of the necessary drivers for SATA drives. I am suspecting some bad sectors and a possibly failing hard drive, which would also explain why Vista froze.

These diagnostic tools can be found at:
http://majorgeeks.com/Western_Digital_Data_Lifeguard_Tools_d2855.html
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http://majorgeeks.com/Seagate_SeaTools_for_Windows_d2858.html

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