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XP Pro Clean Install

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#1 Jim50


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Posted 06 January 2009 - 06:56 AM

Hello everyone!
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 :thumbsup: ?

Any thought on this is appreciated!

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 06 January 2009 - 09:01 AM

If you have a valid MS XP CD...and you've changed the boot order in the BIOS so that the optical drive is the 1st boot option...I see no reason the drive should not be detected (unless there is a problem with the drive).

The question is...are you using recovery/restore disks of some sort? Or are you using a real MS CD (with hologram) to attempt the install?

What error message was provided?


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