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#1 PCnoob35

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 03:10 AM

I was trying to reformat my HD to reinstall windows but when i entered the menu where i chose which partition to install windows on, the partition i was hoping to install windows on was labeled as "unknown" and when i try to format it, it gives me the error "Setup cannot access this disk" somewhere along those lines. Is there any fix to this? Would really appreciate comments good or bad. Thanks

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:46 AM

I was trying to reformat my HD to reinstall windows but when i entered the menu where i chose which partition to install windows on, the partition i was hoping to install windows on was labeled as "unknown" and when i try to format it, it gives me the error "Setup cannot access this disk" somewhere along those lines. Is there any fix to this? Would really appreciate comments good or bad. Thanks


Are there other partitions on this drive which already have an operating system or data installed?

If so, can you give us a little more details as to what the setup of the drive is and to which partitiion you are attempting to install windows to?
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:54 PM

Posting a screenshot from Disk Management would save some time, along with specific partition letters used in any explanation.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 08:03 PM

here it is Posted Image

The "Format (C:)" is the partition i want to reinstall windows on. In the Win Setup where you chose the partition to Delete/Install "Format (C:) is known as "(D:) Partition 1 (FORMAT)" while partition "(D:)" shows up as "(C:) Unknown". When I try to install windows on (Drive (:D) FORMAT) i get the message, "Drive (:C) (Which is the partition with windows on it, im assuming) is unformatted, damaged or formatted with a file system that is incompatible with Windows XP. Now when i pick the other Drive, Drive (C:) Unknown, I get the same message as the other.
Sorry if that was a little confusing???. and Thanks.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:08 PM

First suggestion...when trying to install XP on a hard drive, temporarily disconnect all other hard drives. They add nothing to the effort and can interfere with the install.

Show a screen shot with just the drive that you want to install XP on...and the optical drive to be used for the install effort.

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