Newbie chic in K8V SE nightmare

By spot
May 3, 2006
    Exclamation How geeky is this?Have Asus K8V SE with WD80 7200 SATA. Allnighter trying to get HD recognized. Machine had no paperwork, no OS, no support CDs. Newbie up for the challenge, yeah right. Finally installed XP Home then went into BIOS and disabled the Promise controller. At post I get a DOS screen with 3 XP Home Editions to choose from. I also have 3 local drives; C, D, and E. Did I partition wrong? What is a good setting? How do I delete/remove 2 windows installs and 2 controller drives safely? Plz help me.
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  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    Ok.. im gonna have a crack at decifering this language....

    you have a Asus motherboard with a Western Digital 80gb Sata hdd.
    HDD wasnt getting recognised then by magic it works, and you suceeded to install windows xp on it.
    you went and disabled something from bios and proceeded to boot up but get 3 versions of windows xp on it?

    and now you want to delete 2 winxp installations, but do you want it to be one big HDD or with say.. Partition 1: Xgb windows, Partition 2: Xgb soemthign else etc?

    my answer:
    go redo it again. obviously something went wierd in the install process (did you run it multiple times?)
    -insert winxp cd, boot, install yada yada
    -get to the diskpart (disk partition) utility, delete all the partitions there untill you get one big HDD again, then proceed to repartition your hdd into what sizes you want it, the last partition being windows default 8mb boot thing that it taxes (normal)..
    -proceed installing windows, choose NTFS or FAT file system (depending on how big the HDD partition is) etc.. i think you know this part

    if theres any partition you made during that process you will have to initialise it from [right click my computer>manage>disk management]

    or if you've already got stuff on them, just create a ghost/disk image on the partition you want to keep and then format the hdd/do a destructive repartition (link 2) and then load it back on to the hdd....
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