Trouble installing XP Pro


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Paul

I'm trying to install XP on a SATA rack drive and having problems. I've disconnected all other hard drives, put in the XP disc and booted up fine....it sees the XP disc and starts the setup process. It continues to copy files and then has to do a reboot. Upon reboot, I get the message, "A disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Of course doing this just makes the same thing happen. The disc is a 320 GB drive with a 45 gb OS partition that's formatted NTFS and clean.
I've done the same process in other drives with Linux OS's and Windows 7 beta with no problems and wonder why this XP install is not working. The BIOS sees the SATA drive and even booting directly to the drive doesn't work. I can put in any other drive in the rack and boot directly to it with no problems.
Any ideas and am I even making sense?
TIA
 
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Anna

I'm trying to install XP on a SATA rack drive and having problems. I've
disconnected all other hard drives, put in the XP disc and booted up
fine....it sees the XP disc and starts the setup process. It continues to
copy files and then has to do a reboot. Upon reboot, I get the message, "A
disk read error occurred Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". Of course doing
this just makes the same thing happen. The disc is a 320 GB drive with a 45
gb OS partition that's formatted NTFS and clean.
I've done the same process in other drives with Linux OS's and Windows 7
beta with no problems and wonder why this XP install is not working. The
BIOS sees the SATA drive and even booting directly to the drive doesn't
work. I can put in any other drive in the rack and boot directly to it with
no problems.
Any ideas and am I even making sense?
TIA


During the install process there is a point where you can install drivers
(Press F6).
Did you install the SATA drivers?
JS
http://www.pagestart.com



No, did not but I've never had to before.....I'll give that a go and see if
it works. I'll feel awfully stupid if that's the case.
thanks


Paul:
I really don't think this is a SATA controller driver issue since you've
indicated you're able to at least begin the XP OS setup process. If it *was*
a SATA driver issue you would have rec'd a message that Setup could not
detect a HDD at the very beginning of the setup process and you would have
had to abort at that point.

I assume the "SATA rack drive" you're referring to is a removable HDD mobile
rack affair, right?

You're absolutely sure the problem SATA HDD has been correctly installed in
the removable tray of the rack? We'll assume it is since you say there's no
problem with another HDD in the same mobile rack.

And you've also indicated that you've installed the problem disk as an
internal HDD but that you still get that same error message during the XP
install, right?

You've indicated that the problem HDD is multi-partitioned. How did you
accomplish that? Through Disk Management using your other boot drive?

What happens if you install the problem HDD as a secondary HDD in your
system, using your other HDD as the boot drive and accessing Disk
Management? The secondary HDD is seen OK? If so, think it might be wise to
delete all partitions and then start over with trying a fresh install of the
OS with the disk in its mobile rack and again, if no go there, try
connecting it again internally?

Although it doesn't sound like a defective HDD problem it might still be a
good idea to check out the disk with a HDD diagnostic utility from the
disk's manuf.
Anna
 
P

Paul

It ended up being the XP Pro disc I was using. Don't know why but I tried
another one to install and it worked right away and things are fine. No
SATA drivers needed.

Thanks for the help.
 
A

Alias

Paul said:
It ended up being the XP Pro disc I was using. Don't know why but I
tried another one to install and it worked right away and things are
fine. No SATA drivers needed.

Thanks for the help.

Did the one that worked have either SP2 or SP3?

Alias
 
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Paul

Turns out it was a bad XP install disc. I tried another one and it worked
right away.
Thanks for the help.

Paul
 

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