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New Installation Of Windows Xp Sp1 Failed Terribly


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#1 lindakipp

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 05:35 PM

Hello,
people I know tried to install Windows XP SP1 onto their new HD. Instead of installing Windows onto the local disk (C:), Windows was installed onto one of their removable disks, here (H:).

This is the first time I ever heard that this could happen. I do not have an answer how that problem can be solved, so that Windows XP can be installed onto drive C:

Have you got the answer for me? Please help.

Thanks in advance.
Linda

Edited by lindakipp, 09 December 2006 - 05:35 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2006 - 07:48 AM

There are several possible solutions here:
1) Just install Windows on the C: drive
2) Just install Windows on the C: drive, wipe the H: drive, and edit the boot.ini file to remove the reference to the installation on the H: drive
3) Wipe both drives and start over from fresh.
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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:55 AM

I'm wondering if you just didn't notice the two drives when you installed so you didn't highlight C for your destination.

If you want to start over totally clean, I've found it's easier to use fdisk in DOS with a Windows 98 boot disk. You can do that to get in and remove the drive partition(s) before installing on C from your XP CD. If you want you can also remove C, then recreate it to add the space H was using. Or after getting XP on your C drive, go back to fdisk to create and format H again.

Since I prefer Fat32, I also format c while I'm there, then it's just a couple of clicks on the XP Cd to start the install.

Edited by mommabear, 10 December 2006 - 09:56 AM.


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Posted 10 December 2006 - 12:20 PM

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Since I prefer Fat32, I also format c while I'm there, then it's just a couple of clicks on the XP Cd to start the install.
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Why do you prefer FAT files over NTFS files which are faster, not to mention the fixed maximum number of clusters per partition with FAT, this becomes more important with the larger hdds?

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 01:17 PM

First off, my HD is only 30 GB, so large HD support is not a big issue for me.

When XP first came out, I had problems restoring some important files that I had in Windows Me. No such problems when restoring them to XP in Fat32. It's been years so I don't remember what they were, what exactly happened, or if there might have been a fix to be found for it. Since then, I've just always stuck with Fat 32. Also Fat 32 gets you into real DOS mode. I can't explain that technically and the "guru" who can is on another forum which just happens to be down right now. He's also stated a lot of other reasons why he prefers Fat32 to NTFS; and when he works on computers commercially, he always sets them up for Fat32. Basically, he says Fat32 is just easier to use when you have to really work on the bowels of the OS.

Do I never get a BSOD or a freeze? No, I can't say never. But it happens so infrequently that I can't remember the last time I saw the color blue staring me in the face.

Now, the difference for me may be that I'm not a power user on my computer. I don't have the latest graphics-sound cards, play all the big fancy games online, work a lot with media. I'm not networked to other computers. I do email, browse on the net, convert and burn movie now and then, or burn a music cd. I do like playing with different software from time to time, but I basically run lean and mean with just the software installed that I use regularly. I can image my entire system on one DVD without compression. I don't go overboard, but I am big on periodically cleaning out my temp and junk files and keeping my registry cleaned up.

And maybe there's another reason why I don't care for NTFS. It's got all those goodies (using resources), that for me, I find unnecessary.

Truth be told, I only upgraded to XP because the newer computers had it. So when the family would ask me for help with their XP machines, I needed to know what I was looking at. I had Windows Me running like a top doing just what I do now. She was lean and mean too and blue screens were rare for me. If it wasn't for helping the family with XP and my old eyes (ClearType is a godsend), I'd go back to Windows Me in a flash.

Edited by mommabear, 10 December 2006 - 01:21 PM.


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Posted 10 December 2006 - 05:56 PM

Just a couple thoughts here:

1) My computer has the recovery disk portion in a separate partition and is in FAT format. The OS itself is on NTFS

2) Most important: I see from the original post that Drive H is a removable disk. Before installing the OS, all removable disks should be removed from the computer. Doing so will prevent the kind of error your friend experienced. Any extras should also be removed. Enthusiast knows more about that stuff than I do.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 06:47 PM

Fat32 is easier to work with from a boot disk than NTFS is. But, there's utilities out there that make this unnecessary.

I'd recommend the NTFS because of the added security features - although FAT32 still does have it's place because of it's simplicity.
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