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#1 Justin Miller

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 10:23 AM

Hey guys, I am Justin Miller. This is the problem I am having.

I reformatted a friends computer the other day to load a fresh copy of windows on it. The setup went very smoothly until it restarted and now i am getting this error.

"Couldn't Open drive multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)
NTLDR: Couldn't open drive multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)"

That is the error. Well I tried several times on reloading windows, tried a different hard drive and it all comes back to this error each and every time. So now I turn it over and am asking for help. If you guys would be so kind in as helping me with this error.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:03 AM

Well...it's either the drive/partition...or the mechanism by which you are trying to install.

What is the means of these install efforts?

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:07 AM

I am using the WinXP Setup disk like I always have tried. BUT the one thing I have not tried to do is change out the CD Rom drive. Could that be causing this?

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:21 AM

If you are asking...can the optical drive be malperforming...the answer is "of course." But...since your initial post indicates that it reads the files from the CD and installs them on the hard drive...I'd say that it's not the optical drive.

If you insert a bootable disk into it (any bootable CD/DVD) and it works...it's not the optical drive, unless you consider the possiblity of the lens being dirty or dysfunctional.

The logical suspect then becomes the hard drive, IMO.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html

The HD Diag link is dated but headed in the right direction for guidance.

Is this "setup disk" a MS Genuine XP CD?

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:27 AM

Yes I have tried 4 different WINXP setup disk and they are Genuine. Tried 3 different hard drives all were good open them out of the packages. I know sometimes the HD can go bad but what are the chances like this?

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 11:57 AM

Is this an IDE drive?

A quick Google search reveals that some people have fixed this by connecting the drive to the primary IDE slot and having the system BIOS autodetect the drive
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Posted 03 November 2010 - 12:09 PM

Yes I tried that. I tried new ribbions... Right now I am trying different CD Drive.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:08 PM

Ok so I figured it out. Both the CD Drive and the Hard Drive was set as master. After I moved the jumper on the CD Drive and changed it to Cable Select it worked.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 02:22 PM

FWIW: Generally...if one drive on the ribbon is Cable Select, the other drive must also be Cable Select. Using Master/Slave settings is the alternative.

This only applies when two drives are on the same cable.

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Posted 03 November 2010 - 04:33 PM

Glad you got it figured out Justin!
Those little jumpers are an easy thing to forget to check!
Good Job :thumbsup:
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