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I need to format an HDD to run with a new motherboard, how do I go about doing that. It already has windows XP on it from the previous motherboard. And now with the new one it will not boot up. Is that carry over?

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The problem is generated because MicroSoft recognizes chip sets and hardware and when it changes there will be stop errors or NTLD error.

If you have a winxp cd you can boot from it and when it goes to install it will ask where, select to delete all the partitions it will then treat it as a raw drive and format to NTFS.

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New HDD Problem. What I see is strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility. How do I solve this problem?. What I have is 160Gb hard disk


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Re: Dell Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for Setup utility error Thanks for the reply Craig. Yes the hard drive was removed for a new one and the EIDE cables were changed 3 times to make sure that I didnt have any defective ones. The jumper settings were left on cable select (old hard drive AND new).

UPDATE!!!

I hate problems I can't solve so I used my other computer that I KNOW works. I installed the NEW hard drive in my other computer and installed Windows XP Professional just to see if I purchased a bad hard drive. It detected it, formated it, and I test installed it. Less than an hour later, Windows XP was running on it NO PROBLEM. I removed the hard drive and installed it BACK IN THE PROBLEM COMPUTER. Still got the error message but I did the Alt-Tab-F to let it detect the IDE Configuration again. I also went into the BIOS settings and configured it in there as well.

WOO HOO! It detected it and it went to the Windows XP slash screen. Then I got the Blue Screen of Death and I was NEVER SO HAPPY TO SEE IT!!!!! That meant that the drive was finally friggin being recognized by the system BIOS/Motherboard. If any of you didn't know, you typically get a BSoD if you don't do a reapir install of XP or a clean install if you have a hard drive that had a prior install from another computer.

I then started putting back the components one by one (2nd stick of RAM, CD Drive, Floppy Drive, PCI Cards, etc.) and configured the BIOS for each of it. IT ultimately ended up working and I got to the XP Desktop.

FYI: I honestly think that the BIOS "Hard Locked" and was stuck in that crazy loop. It probably happened when the first drive died while it was trying to boot. I took a chance and tried to get a fully formatted hard disk into it to break the cycle and luckily it worked!

If any of you techs ever get into this situation, try the procedures that I did and it may help you.

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Trying to install a new xp install on an HP Pavilion a1320n with a new 1.5 TB drive. XP only seems to recognize it as a 131062 MB drive. Is this an XP problem or a problem with the BIOS or...


Theoreticaly win xp will support 4Tb hard driver (hdd), but, your motherboard need to support this size as well, in your case, in both accoutns you are within limits.

This was theory, now practicality, LBA (Logical Block Address) was originally created as 24bit for ATA/PATA?ATAPI devices, calculated size supported therefore is 137.4GB.

In case of your computer, this motherboard should support 48bit formating and therefore size of 144.000.000GB (144.000TB).

I would suggest following actions, go to this site:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=228&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=1818050#N1388

Download newwest BIOS, unfold it to the disk and update BIOS, then use in installation windows xp sp2 or above, windows xp alone do not format properly harddrivers that size.

Another causative agent is how windows create partition and format under NTFS/NTFS5 system. It creats enormous size MBR and reserved "patch" for system files, in your case this is main "loss" of the space.

You can actually "reclaim" heaps of this spce by partitioning, but this crates another problems and you need to investiate which method will be best in your particular case.

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A POST diags card can help you resolve your problem/s, if not then.
1. remove all devices and insert the floppy drive, one RAM module and video card.
2. Go into the BIOS configuration and set it to the default configuration, check the installed RAM is it correct? .
3. Insert the remainder RAM module/s and check the POST info and BIOS again, has it detected all the RAM?
4. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk
5. Insert the CD and hard disk and check the POST info and BIOS configuration, does it detect the new drives?
6. Does the computer Boot up using a floppy boot disk, run FDISK, can you see the hard drive, if so delete all partitions (if any) and create a new primary DOS partition and then format the hard drive.
7. Boot up with the Windows CD (may have to change the boot order to the CD as the first boot device).
8. Delete the DOS partition, create a primary NTFS partition and the do a full NTFS format (not a quick format) and continue to install Windows Xp or Vista.
9. Install the other device eg modem, Lan etc. and the drivers.

If you have trouble with the first 5 steps, then you most likely have a faulty motherboard and/or a faulty hard disk.

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I have bought and installed a new HDD. I have partitioned it. I'm running windows xp setup. XP Setup begins installing windows gets completed...then system restarts and monitor looses display. this is the...


Hi there

I think it may be a graphics problem. May be the XP drivers are not compatible with your machine graphics card.
You could try this to solve it ...

From the web, possibly on another PC that's got the internet, download the graphics driver for your machine and save it to a USB disk.

Once the set up is complete, try booting into safe mode (press F8 on boot, then select boot into Safe Mode)

Now try running the driver from the USB disk (or copy it to C: drive first then run it).

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How far through the setup does it get?
Have you done a full format on the HDD?
Does the HDD detect in the BIOS? Is it a confirmed working drive.

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To get Windows to recognize the 2nd HDD, you have to initialize it in disk management.

http://www.simplyguides.net/guides/prepare_second_hdd/prepare_second_hdd1.shtml

As far as the drive letter for the OS install, that was caused by the HDD not having an existing partition and other drives in the system having one (Either USB Drive, Printer with a card reader, 2nd Internal HDD)

Here is a Microsoft article on how to change it, but you'll notice MS doesn't recommend you try it. (Personally, I can live with ah HDD with a drive letter other then C:, so can Windows.)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188/en-us

In the future, when installing XP, boot to the CD, run the install to the point of formatting the hard drive. Once formatted, turn off the computer, reboot to the XP install again, the HDD will be assigned C:

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Pretty sure that on the drives is explained somewhere how to position the jumper, for several options.

Good luck,
Please post some feedback.

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HDD from dell optiplex g1


You can connect your HDD as primary or secondary, doesn't make any difference, anyway as you said I also suggest you to put it as primary. When you insert the Windows XP installation disk and you boot from your CD-Rom it will shows you all the disk and partition asking where do you want to install it.

(To boot from CD you have to enter in the BIOS and change the device priority at boot, let me know if you know how to do that)

At this point from the installation of XP you select your HDD, select to format as NTFS (Better then FAT32) and you start the installation.

At the end of the installation Windows XP will modify your MBR (Master Boot Record) to add a dual boot including Win95.

Be carefull that at  the end of the installation from XP you will be able to read files on the old HDD containing Win95 but not viceversa, because Win95 cannot read NTFS partitions.

 

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