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