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Cannot install operating system on hard drive windows xp.. i can format the drive but the files all load but cannot install..i get the message cannot read the hard drive

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There may be a bad sector on. If you are choosing quick format during install, it skips the sector check. Go ahead and do the full NTFS format and see what happens.

Make sure the jumper is set to the correct setting. If it's the only drive on the ribbon, it should be master or CS. (Cable Select)

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