Installing WINXP SP2 via second hard drive partition (d:)

By Abe85
Oct 29, 2006
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  1. hey folks,

    I'm trying to install Windows XP SP2 on a laptop that DOES NOT have a floppy drive - (only CD/DVD drive)... the problem is, whenever I use the system restore cd OR the windows XP sp2 install cd, during the middle of the install process some files cannot copy over (I get error copying file messages) - I have re-tried using both discs many, many times and everytime a file cannot copy to the hard disk (it's always different files, not the same - both CD's are fine, i've used them before).

    So, I figured I'd create a 3-gig D: partition, format the C:, then copy over the I386 to install windows via the hard disk. I put in a Windows ME boot-to-DOS disc w/cd-rom support and loaded smart-drive, then ran "winnt" via C:\I386 (for some reason the D: partition had a bunch of DOS files on it, so the D: partition became the C:, even though I created/formatted the partitions correctly using the Windows Recovery Console.

    MY PROBLEM: Winnt.exe will run fine at first, it will start loading files, then I get to a screen that says "Please wait while Setup copies files to your hard disk", and NOTHING HAPPENS. the gray bar at the bottom is blank. Did I do something wrong?? Help!
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    And you went through all of this to install SP2?

    EDIT:
    How long did you wait until you gave up?
  3. Abe85

    Abe85 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    NEVERMIND FOLKS. it came up - just took a while. Apparently I am an impatient little jibby
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    So are most people, I guess.
  5. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    It should have never given you "error copying" messages. It may have finally installed, but there's something wrong and it may reveal itself in the future.
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