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Trying to install new Ultra-ATA hard drive on my six year old SysteMax Tiger PC.My BIOS recognizes the hard drive,but Windows XP will not install for some reason.I've been told to re-install the "rate" drivers,but I don't know if that's the problem.The existing hard drive (60 gigs) has a CRC error at the beginning of the drive (I screwed the hard drive up by messing around with Partition Magic,so I don't think it's the rate drivers).I tried installing a 320 gig hd and that's the one that Windows would not install on.Any ideas?

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Update your system bios first. as far as parition magic's related error.. if you were you delete the parition and recreate it, you should be ok. What's the error message you receive when you try to install windows on it?

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