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Troubleshooting HDD wipe and Installing new Windows

I am having some trouble with my eMachines desktop computer. The madel is a T4510. The original power supply burnt out so I replaced it and it works fine, but from before, the HDD had some bugs or viruses in it and so I wanted to completely wipe the drive and start over new with a clean install of Windows XP Pro. I have the disk and I ran through the install, and when it reboots itself it automatically goes straight back through the Widows install. It seems like it doesnt recognize that I just installed it. What am I doing wrong?

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  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    But the weird thing is, is that I did delete the partitions...

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    Through the Windows XP install disc. It lets you delete any previous partitions and i did that so I could start over brand new.

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    Well I tried to reset the Bios to where it starts from the hard drive after it boots, but i believe it still does the same thing. It acts like i didn't just install windows and so it wants to go back through the setup process.

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    I've tried that and it tells me that I need to insert the boot cd.

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    It does the same thing it did before. install --> reboot --> install...

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    No the cd is in perfect condition. It just sucks now that I have to pay some guy to do something I probably could've done myself, but jsut never thought of it.

  • jigglinbiggi Jun 11, 2008

    It uses an 100gb IDE drive.

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Jigglin, does this PC use a SATA drive, or an IDE drive with the ribbon cable??

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Does this thing use a SATA hard drive, or an IDE drive?

  • brian c
    brian c May 11, 2010

    Sounds like you didn't delete all of the partitions before you formatted.



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I think you might have either bad memory or a bad hard drive caused by the bad power supply.

Reseat the memory into a different slot and instead of performing a quick format, select the second option (the long one)

Make sure your bios is not set to only boot from CD. after the first install, I'd access the bios and change boot order to hdd then cdrom (so that you don't get tempted to hit the ANY key when the cd loads) :)

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How did you wipe the hard drive?

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    Tim Babcock Jun 11, 2008

    Did you use a 3rd party program to wipe the Hard Drive out with?

    There are few out there that once you wipe it out, it can make your drive unusable.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 11, 2008

    When it reboots is it rebooting off the hard drive or the CD.

    If it's going back to CD after install you will be caught in a loop.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 11, 2008

    When it reboots, take the CD out and see what happens.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 11, 2008

    Go ahead and put the CD in now and see what happens

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 11, 2008

    I would have a technician look at it and see if there is a step missing here or if there is a hardware failure going on.

    The Windows CD isn't scratched up is it?



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