Originally Posted by Gary Graefen
Sounds like you need to repartician and do a full format of your hardrive. Sometimes a complete scandisk will help but it takes forever. Check your bios settings to make certain the drive is identified correctly. On several occasions I had to reset the bios because its data was corrupted.
Ive had to redo harddrives using a 98 boot cd or floppy because the "to automated" xp setup wouldn't work. After partitioning and a format the windows xp installed ok. You'll need either the windows 98 oem boot cd, a windows rescue floppy, or partician magic, or even a maxtor boot floppy can work to redo your drive.
This is when friends can come in handy.
Yeh this sounds good. You can get a windows 98 boot disk from www.bootdisk.com
Use commands C:\fdisk and C:\format or buy a DOS Manual, lol.
Could be the CD, the disk failing to be read from might not necessarily be the hard drive. Try cleaning the cd, or copying the cd onto a blank one using a friends CD writer.