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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

I've got my new PC all together and as I booted it up with my brand new 320 GB SATA drive, I started into the Windows XP install. It started telling me that this is the drive and the partition was only 137 GB because Windows can't see more than that or something or other. I told it to go with NTFS and install and it went all the way through and then did the auto-reboot. This is where it gets weird. The installer is supposed to pop back up and continue installing, but what it did was act like I just put the disc in and hadn't tried to do anything to the drive. It proceeded to do the same with the NTFS and install and auto-reboot. It was in an instantly looping cycle of never actually installing Windows. I tried a boot disk but despite my efforts to make a partition it acted like the drive was a very strange size (Something like 40,39.17 MB) and kept making weird sized partitions. What I did to actually get it to install was put in a PATA drive, install XP on it and then use the utility that came with my hard drive to copy it over to the SATA drive. It boots into Windows fine as of current. The thing is, I know this can't be the process you have to go through to install a new SATA drive. This is the first one I've ever installed and the manuals said nothing at all about this or any special options that needed to be selected. How exactly is the correct and simple way (Or is there?) to install an OS such as XP onto a blank and formatted SATA drive?




ConstanceJill

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#2 10 years ago
Shintsu;4365386I've got my new PC all together and as I booted it up with my brand new 320 GB SATA drive, I started into the Windows XP install. It started telling me that this is the drive and the partition was only 137 GB because Windows can't see more than that or something or other.

Damn, you've got quite an old CD. You should slipstream SP3 in it (or at least SP1 if you want it to recognize more than those 137 GB).

Also, to install on a SATA drive, you'll need either to activate some kind of IDE emulation in the BIOS' setup, or to put the drivers for your SATA controller on a floppy, and press F6 at the beginning of the install to load them. (You may also integrate them to your install CD with nLite.)




Shintsu

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#3 10 years ago

It does recognize more than 137 GB, it just told me that when I was first formatting it and making the partition. Should the SATA drivers be on my motherboard disc? Where would the IDE emulation be under the BIOS?




Bs|Archaon

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#4 10 years ago

If it detects the drive to begin with then you don't need to install more drivers. The size limit is, like Constance said, a limitation on older versions of XP. Use nLite or some other method of slipstreaming to make yourself an SP2 or SP3 disc which will allow you to make larger partitions.

I suspect the looping issue isn't really an problem as such, just that it's booting off of the CD every time. When it reboots take the disc out. It'll need the disc later (it'll ask for it, so put it in when it does) but if that is the issue then it'll stop it booting from the CD and going into the 'first half' of setup.




Shintsu

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#5 10 years ago

Already tried that, when I take the disc out it says NTLOADR is missing and asks me to press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart the computer. And how do you use nLite? I've never heard of it. Am I going to need to burn a copy or something?




Bs|Archaon

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#6 10 years ago

Yes, you'll need to burn a new Windows CD.