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Boot sector gone with new install

by mosthumbleone / March 27, 2010 12:32 AM PDT

Bought a new copy of XP with service pac 3 to put on a p4 with a western digital 300 gig hd. I came back to check to see if the formatting was complete and I had the message "a disk read error has occurred press ctl+alt+del to restart"

And when I tell it to boot from cdrom xp disk, it starts "setup is imspecting your computer's hardware configuration" and the screen goes blank after a few seconds and it stops doing anything.

I'm afraid the mistake I made was deleting the boot sector partition.

How do I redo the boot sector partition from setup?

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That's not the problem
by Jimmy Greystone / March 27, 2010 3:12 AM PDT

That's not the problem. The fact that you have a defective hard drive is the problem.

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are you sure?
by mosthumbleone / March 27, 2010 4:37 AM PDT
In reply to: That's not the problem

but the hd was working before I tried to install a new version of xp

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Oh yes
by Jimmy Greystone / March 27, 2010 5:31 AM PDT
In reply to: are you sure?

Oh yes, I'm sure. I do hardware repairs at a small college for a living. I've seen plenty of drives that were "just working fine the other day" that are very much defective. Sometimes they work, they're just really slow, sometimes they seem to work fine except you get the occasional corrupted file which turns into a cluster of corrupted files and so on, sometimes the OS will start to load then crash... There's a myriad of symptoms, and I've probably seen just about all of them. This is one of them. If you go to WD's site, download a diagnostic program, I'll bet you it backs me up. And what's the worst that happens if you trust me and I'm wrong? You're out like $50 and you have an extra 200GB of storage space?

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by mosthumbleone / March 27, 2010 11:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Oh yes

I'll reboot it with another hd and run the wd utility on the wd. Thx

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