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problem installing xp on new drive

my old hd bit the dust and i had to buy a new one. i went with a cheap 40gb western digital and haven't been able to successfully install windows xp on the drive. i boot up the disk and run it through the windows setup. after finishing the initial process it automatically restarts and boots right back to the disk, never launching the windows desktop. i have tried two different xp disks on two different disk drives. i wouldn't think i would be sold a hd that does not work properly but that is the conclusion i am approaching. please help

-nate

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So why not

So why not just remove the XP CD after it completes the initial phase of copying files and it reboots for the first time? Then when it starts up, it'll ask you to put the disc back in the drive. Just rinse and repeat until the install is finished.

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it will repeat all day

when i take the disk out, it says SYSTEM BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
So I put it back in and it brings me back to the same setup.

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That's a known issue.

If you don't start with a clean hard drive that can happen. Why not boot the XP CD but this time remove all partitions on that drive and let Windows create a new partition but select the QUICK FORMAT next time?
Bob

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