nee help please reinstalling xp with new partitions


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Trixie

I wanted to reformat hard drive, and create partitions since my
original setup was all on c.

So I followed the steps. I boot up from the CD.
deleted the partition (c), then created 4 partitions, assigning 6GB to
the OS.

Windows XP home ed. went through the set up screen , the copying files
screen, then said it was rebooting.

Then when I got back to my screen where my partitions were set up, the
c had the NFTS file system there. I pressed enter to set up there, and
I got the message:

"CAUTION: Installing multiple operating systems on a single partition
is not recommended. "

What do I do?? If its already set up why doesn't it continue into the
windows set up? Am i supposed to choose to let it install on the other
partitions as well if i ONLY want the OS on the c drive? I'm stuck!

Trix
 
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Andrew E.

Instead of creating with xp,download the MS-DOS disk utility from youre
hd mfg web site,install to a MS-DOS formatted floppy,boot pc to floppy,delete
partition(s),create 2,1 for C: Others to split up after xp is
installed,exit utility,
boot to xp cd,delete the one partition,create,let xp format it & install
auto..
Also,leave 2nd partition in "raw" state.
 
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philo

Trixie said:
I wanted to reformat hard drive, and create partitions since my
original setup was all on c.

So I followed the steps. I boot up from the CD.
deleted the partition (c), then created 4 partitions, assigning 6GB to
the OS.

Windows XP home ed. went through the set up screen , the copying files
screen, then said it was rebooting.

Then when I got back to my screen where my partitions were set up, the
c had the NFTS file system there. I pressed enter to set up there, and
I got the message:

"CAUTION: Installing multiple operating systems on a single partition
is not recommended. "

What do I do?? If its already set up why doesn't it continue into the
windows set up? Am i supposed to choose to let it install on the other
partitions as well if i ONLY want the OS on the c drive? I'm stuck!

Trix

Not a good idea!

It is not wise to divide up your drive like that
and certainly a very bad idea to limit you system drive to only 6 gigs

assuming your data is all backed up


I'd delete all and start over...
 
T

Trixie

Not a good idea!

It is not wise to divide up your drive like that
and certainly a very bad idea to limit you system drive to only 6 gigs

assuming your data is all backed up

I'd delete all and start over...

You didn't really answer my question, but ...

I took the advice of a couple of tech articles that recommended
dividing it up like that.
http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_02.htm ;
http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_pro.htm ;
and microsoft as well:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/

So now why do you say NOT to?

Anyways, I found out what was going wrong.. I had put the CD in my CD/
DVD writer drive instead of my default CD drive. Once I switched it,
windows booted from the right drive and finished the installation. I'm
not sure why it would boot into the CD set up while it was in the
other drive tho and yet not finish using that drive.??

trixie
 
T

Trixie

  Instead of creating with xp,download the MS-DOS disk utility from youre
 hd mfg web site,install to a MS-DOS formatted floppy,boot pc to floppy,delete
 partition(s),create 2,1 for C: Others to split up after xp is
installed,exit utility,
 boot to xp cd,delete the one partition,create,let xp format it & install
auto..
 Also,leave 2nd partition in "raw" state.

I don't have the floppy accessible to me. So while trouble shooting
that one article i cited above said not to create the other partitions
in set up . To wait and use the partition wizard so that's what I did.
I had to delete the one setup created and then add it new and allocate
the space/name/etc...
 
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philo

Not a good idea!

It is not wise to divide up your drive like that
and certainly a very bad idea to limit you system drive to only 6 gigs

assuming your data is all backed up

I'd delete all and start over...

You didn't really answer my question, but ...

I took the advice of a couple of tech articles that recommended
dividing it up like that.
http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_02.htm ;
http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_pro.htm ;
and microsoft as well:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/

So now why do you say NOT to?

Anyways, I found out what was going wrong.. I had put the CD in my CD/
DVD writer drive instead of my default CD drive. Once I switched it,
windows booted from the right drive and finished the installation. I'm
not sure why it would boot into the CD set up while it was in the
other drive tho and yet not finish using that drive.??

trixie



I just glanced at those links and yes...
they did give instructions on how it's possible to create several
partitions...
but I did not see any place where they specifically recommended doing so.



Anyway:


There is no need to divide up your drive
just for the sake of doing so.

The biggest problem is that there is a real danger in making the partition
where your operating system is too small.

Since your applications and data are put there by default...
you could quickly end up out of room.

Now, that said...if you have a drive that's over 200 gigs...
maybe it will make things easier to divide it up a bit...
but if you do so, I'd say to set the C: drive for at least 40 gigs or so


If all your data are currently backed up
you'd basically have to boot with your XP cd,
delete all the partitions and start over
 
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Trixie

You didn't really answer my question, but ...

I took the advice of a couple of tech articles that recommended
dividing it up like that.http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_02.htm;http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_pro.htm;
and microsoft as well:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/

So now why do you say NOT to?

Anyways, I found out what was going wrong.. I had put the CD in my CD/
DVD writer drive instead of my default CD drive. Once I switched it,
windows booted from the right drive and finished the installation. I'm
not sure why it would boot into the CD set up while it was in the
other drive tho and yet not finish using that drive.??

trixie

I just glanced at those links and yes...
they did give instructions on how it's possible to create several
partitions...
but I did not see any place where they specifically recommended doing so.

Anyway:

There is no need to divide up your drive
just for the sake of doing so.

The biggest problem  is that there is a real danger in making the partition
where your operating system is too small.

Since your applications and data are put there by default...
you could quickly end up out of room.

Now, that said...if you have a drive that's over 200 gigs...
maybe it will make things easier to divide it up a bit...
but if you do so, I'd say to set the C: drive for at least 40 gigs or so

If all your data are currently backed up
you'd basically have to boot with your XP cd,
delete all the partitions and start over

Yeah, I'm going to start over I guess, before its too late to change
it easily. There is no way to expand a partition in XP?
My hd has 149 GB, not big really in today's market. So I thought I'd
put it at 20 GB. That way, if some program requires install in the
windows drive i'm covered.
 
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philo

You didn't really answer my question, but ...

I took the advice of a couple of tech articles that recommended
dividing it up like that.http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_02.htm;http://www.petri.co.il/i
nstall_windows_xp_pro.htm;
and microsoft as well:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896528/EN-US/

So now why do you say NOT to?

Anyways, I found out what was going wrong.. I had put the CD in my CD/
DVD writer drive instead of my default CD drive. Once I switched it,
windows booted from the right drive and finished the installation. I'm
not sure why it would boot into the CD set up while it was in the
other drive tho and yet not finish using that drive.??

trixie

I just glanced at those links and yes...
they did give instructions on how it's possible to create several
partitions...
but I did not see any place where they specifically recommended doing so.

Anyway:

There is no need to divide up your drive
just for the sake of doing so.

The biggest problem is that there is a real danger in making the partition
where your operating system is too small.

Since your applications and data are put there by default...
you could quickly end up out of room.

Now, that said...if you have a drive that's over 200 gigs...
maybe it will make things easier to divide it up a bit...
but if you do so, I'd say to set the C: drive for at least 40 gigs or so

If all your data are currently backed up
you'd basically have to boot with your XP cd,
delete all the partitions and start over

Yeah, I'm going to start over I guess, before its too late to change
it easily. There is no way to expand a partition in XP?
My hd has 149 GB, not big really in today's market. So I thought I'd
put it at 20 GB. That way, if some program requires install in the
windows drive i'm covered.


To change the way your drive is partitioned non-destructively
would require a third party utility such as Partition Magic..

If you do start over I'd still make the C: drive bigger than 20 gigs
 
T

Trixie

Yeah, I'm going to start over I guess, before its too late to change
it easily. There is no way to expand a partition in XP?
My hd has 149 GB, not big really in today's market. So I thought I'd
put it at 20 GB. That way, if some program requires install in the
windows drive i'm covered.

To change the way your drive is partitioned non-destructively
would require a third party utility such as Partition Magic..

If you do start over I'd still make the C: drive bigger than 20 gigs

oh my! too late! Its at 20 GB!! I think it'll be ok. If not, at least
now I know how to redo!

thanks
 
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philo

that.http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_02.htm;http://www.petri.co.il/i

so.





Yeah, I'm going to start over I guess, before its too late to change
it easily. There is no way to expand a partition in XP?
My hd has 149 GB, not big really in today's market. So I thought I'd
put it at 20 GB. That way, if some program requires install in the
windows drive i'm covered.

To change the way your drive is partitioned non-destructively
would require a third party utility such as Partition Magic..

If you do start over I'd still make the C: drive bigger than 20 gigs

oh my! too late! Its at 20 GB!! I think it'll be ok. If not, at least
now I know how to redo!

thanks

Well 20 gigs should probably be OK
 

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