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ZepSinger
10-02-2007, 10:50 AM
I need to do a complete reinstall of XP Pro on one of my PCs, but I'm having a problem- I can't get it to boot off the XP installation CD. I've gone into the bios and changed the order so it hits the CD drive first, to no avail. I've also created a startup disk from within XP, but when it boots to the A drive, I can't get to any drive but A or B. I can't make the switch (from within DOS, of course) to either the C drive or D drive- just get a 'no drive by that name' sort of message.

So- if either my PC would boot off the CD, or I could get to the CD drive from my startup floppy, I'd be good as gold on reformatting and reinstalling. I'm appealing to those much more in the know than I for a solution to the problem.

I've also gone to bootdisk.com and gotten the 6-floppy set of XP install discs, but I want to reformat the C drive (contains XP), and that won't work as the files from the floppies are installed onto the C drive...

:banghead:

Mr. Laz
10-02-2007, 11:16 AM
do you have the installation disk that came with the hard drive?

Baby Lee
10-02-2007, 11:19 AM
I have my installation CD on a HD, I then created a BartPE startup disc and run the installation from there.

KCWolfman
10-02-2007, 11:21 AM
have you tried to move the disk drive cable to a different slot?

Mr. Laz
10-02-2007, 11:24 AM
btw - you should be able to see your hard drive by using FDisk on you boot disk

ZepSinger
10-02-2007, 11:24 AM
do you have the installation disk that came with the hard drive?


Nope, sure don't I bought it preloaded with XP from my previous place of employment, now defunct...

ZepSinger
10-02-2007, 11:26 AM
btw - you should be able to see your hard drive by using FDisk on you boot disk

I didn't see Fdisk on the floppy. I did a dir and got a handful of files, but not that one...

ZepSinger
10-02-2007, 11:26 AM
have you tried to move the disk drive cable to a different slot?

Nope, sure haven't I can sure give that a try, tho...

Mr. Laz
10-02-2007, 11:28 AM
Nope, sure don't I bought it preloaded with XP from my previous place of employment, now defunct...
if it was preloaded with XP then (like Bob said) it might have a installation partition on the HD drive already. That partition might be what is screwing with your boot process.



if you know what brand the hard drive is you can usually download and make a installation disk from their website. At least Maxtor and Western Digital both have one.

Mr. Laz
10-02-2007, 11:33 AM
I didn't see Fdisk on the floppy. I did a dir and got a handful of files, but not that one...
put the boot disk in the floppy drive .... bios with floppy first


at C: type fdisk

you will get a list of options .... one option should be "show partitions" or something like that.


should show you what your hard drive partition situation looks like.

Saulbadguy
10-02-2007, 11:47 AM
put the boot disk in the floppy drive .... bios with floppy first


at C: type fdisk

you will get a list of options .... one option should be "show partitions" or something like that.


should show you what your hard drive partition situation looks like.
What would hard drive partitions have anything to do with a computer not booting off a CD?

Saulbadguy
10-02-2007, 11:50 AM
Download the Windows Windows 98 boot disk with CD-ROM support boot disk from here.

http://www.svrops.com/svrops/dwnlddisk.htm

It contains a generic CD-ROM driver. If it does not load your CD-ROM drive to D: (or E:), then i'd say something is wrong with your CD-ROM drive.

If it does map to D: , go to the i386 directory (cd i386) and run setup.exe.

Mr. Laz
10-02-2007, 11:52 AM
What would hard drive partitions have anything to do with a computer not booting off a CD?
if the boot sector of the hard drive has been altered ..... like maybe with a preloaded installation partition, it can screw it up.

Fish
10-02-2007, 12:47 PM
Download the Windows Windows 98 boot disk with CD-ROM support boot disk from here.

http://www.svrops.com/svrops/dwnlddisk.htm

It contains a generic CD-ROM driver. If it does not load your CD-ROM drive to D: (or E:), then i'd say something is wrong with your CD-ROM drive.

If it does map to D: , go to the i386 directory (cd i386) and run <strike>setup.exe</strike>.

Actually it's winnt.exe

And you can't read your XP partition because it's formatted as NTFS, which can't be read from DOS without a NTFS driver.

Download NTFS4DOS (http://www.free-av.com/) and it will make a floppy that will load an NTFS driver. You can also use it in conjunction with the 98 bootdisk described above and have access to both the CD drive and your NTFS partition.

ZepSinger
10-02-2007, 12:51 PM
Actually it's winnt.exe

And you can't read your XP partition because it's formatted as NTFS, which can't be read from DOS without a NTFS driver.

Download NTFS4DOS (http://www.free-av.com/) and it will make a floppy that will load an NTFS driver. You can also use it in conjunction with the 98 bootdisk described above and have access to both the CD drive and your NTFS partition.

Thanks to all! I'll try all of the above suggestions...

Z

Mr. Laz
10-04-2007, 10:07 AM
did you get it fixed?