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xp won't boot up and need to format new hard drive to start over

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by frustratedinjersey, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. frustratedinjersey

    frustratedinjersey Flightless Bird

    I had to install a new hard drive to my notebook. while attempting to
    install windows xp professional on to the new drive - it did not nstall
    properly (my fault as i attempted a second time and used the same partition
    which really screwed things up) so now when i try to boot up - it goes to the
    windows loading screen for a few seconds and then the screen goes black and
    nothing. No matter how i try to get it to recognize the xp install disk in
    the dvd drive - nada. so my question is this. how do reformat the hard
    drive - so i can start fresh and load in windows xp. I tried to change the
    boot order, put in safe mode, debugging - nothing works. if someone could
    tell me how to wipe out the new drive and start fresh, i would appreciate it
    very much
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "frustratedinjersey" <frustratedinjersey@discussions.microsoft.com> said
    this in news item news:693FF3D7-1E55-445E-A1B7-B1983C00408D@microsoft.com...
    > I had to install a new hard drive to my notebook. while attempting to
    > install windows xp professional on to the new drive - it did not nstall
    > properly (my fault as i attempted a second time and used the same
    > partition
    > which really screwed things up) so now when i try to boot up - it goes to
    > the
    > windows loading screen for a few seconds and then the screen goes black
    > and
    > nothing. No matter how i try to get it to recognize the xp install disk
    > in
    > the dvd drive - nada. so my question is this. how do reformat the hard
    > drive - so i can start fresh and load in windows xp. I tried to change the
    > boot order, put in safe mode, debugging - nothing works. if someone
    > could
    > tell me how to wipe out the new drive and start fresh, i would appreciate
    > it
    > very much


    When the CD drive is the primary boot device and when you boot the machine
    from a bootable CD or DVD then it does not matter at all what is on the hard
    disk. The CD/DVD is in control. No exceptions.

    If your machine refuses to boot into the Windows setup program then this can
    be for the following reasons:
    - The CD/DVD drive is not the primary boot device.
    - The CD is not a boot CD (could be tested on another machine)
    - The CD is damaged (ditto)
    - The CD/DVD drive is marginal or damaged (could be tested with another boot
    CD)
    - The machine has a hardware problem (ditto)
     
  3. Terry R.

    Terry R. Flightless Bird

    On 1/19/2010 11:36 AM On a whim, frustratedinjersey pounded out on the
    keyboard

    > I had to install a new hard drive to my notebook. while attempting to
    > install windows xp professional on to the new drive - it did not nstall
    > properly (my fault as i attempted a second time and used the same partition
    > which really screwed things up) so now when i try to boot up - it goes to the
    > windows loading screen for a few seconds and then the screen goes black and
    > nothing. No matter how i try to get it to recognize the xp install disk in
    > the dvd drive - nada. so my question is this. how do reformat the hard
    > drive - so i can start fresh and load in windows xp. I tried to change the
    > boot order, put in safe mode, debugging - nothing works. if someone could
    > tell me how to wipe out the new drive and start fresh, i would appreciate it
    > very much


    If you place the DVD drive in front of the hard drive in the BIOS, with
    the CD in the drive it should prompt you to press any key to boot from
    the CD. If it doesn't do that, you don't have it set properly.

    When the CD boots, delete all partitions and start clean. Hopefully you
    created a verified backup of your data before doing this.


    Terry R.
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