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Re-installing operating system

I'm am trying to re-install the WinXP operating system onto a new second hard drive while retaining the original OS on the C drive. I have the original factory supplied system recovery discs. When I run it, it says it will re-format the drive without asking me which drive I want to install to. How can I get it to install to the new drive without erasing the C drive?
I have a NetVista 8310-4GU machine.

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  • jrjm7 Aug 04, 2008

    I am still trying to re-install the WinXP operating system using the original factory supplied system
    recovery discs. The program runs to the point where I get an Error #91
    "Disk manager is detected on Drive 1 but is not running". I hit ok and
    get an additional message; Error #87 "Unable to initiate engine".



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If you boot to the CD (on boot with the CD in the drive you should get a screen with the option to boot to the CD, if your boot order in your BIOS is set to CD ROM before Hard Drive), you should (after loading files for a while) get to a screen that will allow you to select the drive/partition to install to. If trying to install from within the Windows environment it won't happen.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

  • Frank  Fernandez
    Frank Fernandez Aug 04, 2008

    You probably won't be able to get to format the drive with your recovery CD set since you arrive at the errors you mentioned and I don't know if the Recovery disk is bootable? So I would try to borrow or download and burn a Windows XP OS image file to a CD/DVD and try booting to the disk.
    You can check/reset your boot order by entering your BIOS settings and locating "Boot Order" and setting it to search CD ROM drive before Hard Drive.


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