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Installing xp I am trying to install windows on a gateway 2000. But I keep getting a message that says file system is protected by ntfs format and to delete all files which I have done but I still get the protection mesage. I have tried to reboot with OS disk in then it tells me no OS found. Any help with this problem would be great. I waant to say thanks ahead of time for you taking the time to help. Laurene

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Re: installing xp

May need apartion tool whpe out the partions when u boot into xp cd then make new ones full size of disk then formatt that ok tehn install

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MFT stands for Master File Table. NTFS (New Technology File System) uses it in order to record references of all files and folders of the corresponding volume. It is the most significant metadata structure of NTFS volume. It is the point from where NTFS installed system starts from to access any file. Any corruption caused to MFT will lead to Data Recovery routine. When MFT gets corrupted, user may fail to access files and carry out usual operations like renaming, deleting or opening the file with an error similar to:
“H:\ $MFT is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the chkdsk utility.”
The error is specific to Windows XP and 2000. Users can also encounter the same error message as a Windows pop-up balloon at the lower-right corner of computer screen.
  • To resolve the issue, we need to first take full data backup and check for its consistent status. If media fails to restore data or the backup operation faces some difficulty, Data Recovery Software will be required to recover.
  • We can start Recovery Console by starting our system using the Windows operating system disk.
  • We can press R to select the repair option on the Welcome to setup screen.
  • We need to specify Administrator password, if there is no administrator password just press Enter.
  • We can then use chkdsk /H:Drive Letter: through command prompt and try repairing the damaged MFT.
Chkdsk /H: acts upon the file system and attempts to repair the damage. But it can cause more damage if it fails. In such cases, we need to format the drive and restore data from backup. If backup has not been efficiently taken or can’t offer full restoration, Data Recovery applications can help.

Aug 04, 2010 | Operating Systems

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Dear User,

You can reformat your PC, Instantly with your Windows Installation. Please keep your important files and data to the other Partition or Drive befor continuing for Format process. You can also make a backup CD for these files.
You Insert your Windows Installation CD and boot from this CD. During the installation Process, you'll be presented with an option to select the partition to install windows, now you can choose the partition and next screen you can choose to format the partition with NTFS or FAT file system. You can select any of these systems to get your Disk formatted and windows reinstallation.


Feb 01, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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How do I go about installing XP when the previous operating system was deleted. Got XP operating system disc, but doesn't load.

Write zeros to the hard drive using the software from the hard drive manufacturer. Then you will be able to format it and install your XP

Oct 21, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Installing xp

always use NTFS - NTFS is the standard file system of Windows NT, including its later versions Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

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How to Install both XP and Linux?

I would install XP 1st then Open suse or Ubuntu. When you install either of these linux OS's ensure you install to another partition other than the windows one. Both installation routines will allow you to format the drive to the linux ext2 format and automatically install a boot manager (usually GRUB) which will allow you to select the OS you wish to boot.

Aug 09, 2009 | PC Mall Ubuntu 8.10 for Linux

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Hi There,

I just experienced the same problem you did concerning the partmgr.sys blue screen error. I am installing Windows XP Pro SP2 on a pretty old Dell Latitude LS (upgrading it from Win 2000). The XP installation disk gives me the option to format in NTFS, FAT, and both formats in a "quick" mode. I usually do not recommend using the quick mode, however, after trying both NTFS and FAT and receiving the blue screen, I decided to try NTFS (quick). That has allowed me to actually get further into the installation, so you may want to try that.

May 27, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Sorry, Gateway's site requires serial number input to determine the original factory configuration.
You can access their records here;
and see a review of the 300SE from back in the day here
I would have thought XP was installed NTFS, but without the serial number I couldn't check very easily.
Please also see FAT & NTFS and FAT vs NTFS for a primer on the two file system that may help you decide which to choose if you are reinstalling XP on your system.

If you need further assistance please post back with a comment to this thread. If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take a moment to kindly rate this post....thanks!

Mar 31, 2009 | Operating Systems

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98 loading error message

When you format something you WILL lose all of the data that was there. I would also recomend upgradeing to XP, 2000, or NT. You may need to reinstall the OS. If you need instructions ask me and I can help.


May 29, 2008 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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PC halts while formatting hard drive

make sure your hard disk is error free Try formating the disk with FAT first ,if it doesn't work out the try disk utilities .

Nov 29, 2007 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional for PC

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Format a gateway hardrive

insert a windows cd...boot from it and format the drive.

Nov 19, 2007 | Microsoft Windows 98 for PC

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