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Old 06-27-2005, 10:36 AM   #1
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I have a Western Digital 120 GB recertified hard drive. My computers will detect it, but won't install Windows XP on it. I have the hard drive setup to slave or master (I"ve tried both to see if it might say something else) and when I first boot the PC it comes to a screen that says to put a boot diskette into drive A which is a floppy drive. I don't have a windows XP boot diskette and I couldn't get one. The windows XP boot diskette is 4.18 MB and floppy disc can only hold up to 1.14 MB I think. I have tried the CD-ROM as first boot priority and it still won't install windows on it. I still get the boot diskette message. I'm guessing if I install a zip drive and put the Windows XP boot on there it will work?

I don't have a clue what to do,

Thanks to all help.
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:54 AM   #2
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Do you have an older Windows that you could try installing? Then at least you could see if it's XP or your hd.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:23 AM   #3
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I don't have any other windows disc. I only have the Windows XP Professional disc.
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Old 06-27-2005, 11:52 AM   #4
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Take a win98 floppy and see if it will do an fdisk and a format. Have the drive as the master on ide channel one. You can download this if you can't get your hands on one.
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:10 PM   #5
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OK, I'll try this.
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Old 06-27-2005, 12:34 PM   #6
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you didnt mention this..

Have you set up a partition and formatted the harddrive?
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