I have XP HOME on one drive in my system and another HDD for XP Pro. The Home version is what I use as a backup in case the XP Pro crashes... which is what happened.
I reformatted the 230GB HDD and want to reinstall XP Pro. However, when I run the installation program the HDD is not detected. So, I experimented with the thing. When I have both HDDs connected I can access the (empty) 230GB HDD from the XP Home version when using “My Computer”. This is how I was able to access it to reformat it. Note: I do not want a dual-boot system! I change the bios setting to determine which OS to use. When I disconnect the XP Home HDD and try to install XP Pro on the other HDD, it can’t find it. In the past I had used MSCDEX.exe installed and formatted with the system files transferred to the HDD for win98 apps. However, this is XP.
Should I have some sort of system files installed on the empty HDD before I insert the installation CD
Any thought on this is appreciated!