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Cant Read Boot Disc

By Raven Michaels
Jan 16, 2007
  1. Okay I had to divide my Hard Drive into three different partitions since Windows can only read 137 gigs or whatever, and after installing Windows on the third one it said...

    "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.

    Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.

    Please check the Windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information."

    The fact that I put the Windows on the third Partition doesnt mess anything up right?
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,715   +397

    Don't know about your problem. But you can avoid splitting the drive up if you have XP SP2. So if your disk isn't SP2 you can download the net install of it and create an XP disk with SP2 slipstreamed into it.
     
  3. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Name the OS

    It can;t be XP . and
    Describe "boot disk"
     
  4. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ^I dont understand what you mean...

    Im just posting the error it gave me...
     
  5. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry to bump, but...*bump*...
     
  6. gavilan

    gavilan TS Rookie Posts: 62

    The problem is your trying to install windows in the third partition. Windows doesn't like to be installed past a certain boundary on the hard drive. Install it on the first partition, or better yet, install from an SP2 slipstreamed disk (instructions here)
    Note that you still won't be able to install to the third partition with an SP2 disk, but you won't have to partition the hard disk either.
     
  7. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay that worked but now when it gets to the other part of installing Windows it says that theres a Data Error, says F:\i386\asms is missing...

    Ive tried two different XP discs...
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So Raven Michaels, are you running XP, SP2? Why 3 partitions? Install XP on the 1st partition. Try booting on a Windows 98 boot floppy and type FDISK and view your existing partitions, and make sure they are active. You are making things a lot more complicated than they have to be!
     
  9. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im running SP1...
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Upgrade to SP2 as soon as you can... SP2 is safe now for all systems running XP. Of course, you can't right now because you have no operating system being recognised...

    Why 3 partitions?????
     
  11. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cause SP1 or whatever only can work with Hard Drives under 137 gb and mines 300...
     
  12. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Boot disk

    You named it,"Can't read "boot disc"
    describe it.(boot disc) is what i meant.
    Re posting the error,
    What exactly are your problem(s) you want corrected ?==================
    But this doesn't seem to be XP or you wouldn't have a HD size error.
    Partitions aren't in any order like 1 2 3.It's C D E.
    Mine are called Local disk (C:) Movies (D) and Music (E)
    Windows should automaticly have been C: What is it ?
    Anyway the drive letters can be changed with XP and possibly other OS.
    What drive letter is Windows now ?
    You have never stated this is XP ! Just SP1.
    Right click My Computer/Propertys.Does it say SP1 ? and What else ?
    ==========================
     
  13. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    So update to SP2. Just run Windows (Microsoft) updates and it will be done automatically. There is no reason now, to be afraid of XP, SP2
     
  14. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im past the problem I had up there...

    And Im trying to install Windows on a Hard Drive that has nothing else on it, I cant upgrade to SP2 with the Microsoft Updates...

    "...but now when it gets to the other part of installing Windows it says that theres a Data Error, says F:\i386\asms is missing..."

    ^Thats my prob now...
     
  15. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    That might be a damaged Windows cd.Best i can add,if your following the
    proper steps to install This unnamed OS.
    All this upgrade and SP2 has nothing to do with installing.
    You add these after.
     
  16. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    ""...but now when it gets to the other part of installing Windows it says that theres a Data Error, says F:\i386\asms is missing..."

    The directory i386 should always be on the boot drive. This boot drive should be C, not F... delete the hard drive partition and start over. Let the Windows install CD do this. Just select "Install a fresh copy of XP". The install disc will partition (NTFS) and format, then it will begin the XP install, hopefully on the C drive

    Why can't you update to SP2? Can't validate your copy of XP?
     
  17. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    F is the disc drive. Isnt it suppose to be getting the files from the disc?

    And I cant update to SP2 cause I have to actually have Windows on the computer to be able to go the update thing, and I dont, thats what Im trying to fix...
     
  18. gavilan

    gavilan TS Rookie Posts: 62

    Ok, I'm sorry to have to say this, but there are way too many people in this thread right now who don't know what the hell they are talking about and/or are posting answers BEFORE reading the original post.

    The drive letter that the OS is installed on is irrelevant. The partition order (1, 2, 3...) IS.
    \i386 is a directory on the WinXP install disk, NOT the system drive.

    Now, to get to the problem at hand...

    Sounds like you have a damaged install CD. Try cleaning both disks, and see if you can copy files from the CD to a folder on the hard drive (on an already running system, of course.) If your system stops at a bad file, try the other install CD and pull the files you're missing. But make sure that ALL the files get to the folder.

    If you can successfully copy all the files to a folder this way, then you can burn a new install disk and try your install again.

    Remember that you still need to install on the first partition, and if you install with a slipstreamed SP2 disk you can have larger partitions if you so desire.
     
  19. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    EDIT - Nevermind got it...
     
  20. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I've never seen this type of error from a XP install disc. The disc has to be damaged or there's a serious hardware fault or failure in this computer.

    And gavilan,
    don't be so quick to judge posts from others. You do not know it all!
     
  21. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I am getting the impression that it's not the CD Drive or the discs... Set the computers bios to failsafe defaults and remove any unnecessary hardware like USB cards, modems, sound cards and AGP video cards if you have a PCI based video card or on-board video to set up
     
  22. Raven Michaels

    Raven Michaels TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its fixed now...

    Is there anyway to combine the partitions after Windows is installed and upgraded...
     
  23. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    What was the fix? You can use a program like Partition Magic to combine the partitions after Windows is installed
     
  24. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Sp1

    First you have to install XP before it runs.
    What do you mean by that.?
    What type of hard drive is it ? Is it a sata ?
    Please answer my questions.Why are you ignoreing them ?
     
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