Problems installing windows on new harddrive.

By korrupt
May 18, 2008
  1. Hello all,

    long time no see... how is everyone.

    I am currently trying to fix one of my friends computers, its a fairly old one and I have established that the harddrive was damaged beyond repair. Gave it the flick and bought a new one, formatted it on my computer using NTFS file system and put it in his. I changed the first boot device to cd rom because i need to install XP but it says:

    Verifying DMI pool data............
    Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM: Failure.....
    Invalid partition table

    and it sticks on that...

    Anyone have any idea how to fix this problem?

    Thanks for any replies.


  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    Check the cable connect, check the jumpers are correct, check it spins up, try another CD (may be damaged), buy a new CD drive
  3. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 716

    yeah thats all good, i think i just need to get the atapi drivers boot disk...

    can anyone confirm that?


  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,423   +77

    Cant help thinking it is some problem about a HDD formatted in your PC not recognised in another...suggest you put it back in yours and FDISK it to nothing, then patition and format in the new PC from the XP install
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