Reinstalling Windows XP when CD Rom will not boot

By sparky1
Feb 5, 2009
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  1. I purchased a new hard drive, formatted it, installed most drivers until some drivers would not install because the new hard drive was being recognized as H instead of C and no option was given to change the drive on these so I changed the H drive to C. Now when Windows boots up it stops at the blue xp screen right before log in. I am guessing I really messed up this new 500 GB HD. It will not even boot from the CD. It spins but doesn't read even with the boot order having the CD first. My son installed an 80 GB HD on the same computer to see if it would work and transfer the info. over to the 500. Everything was going fine until he tried to reformat the new hard drive. It will not reformat. Also, is there a way to name the new hard drive as C instead of whatever pops up? If I know the answer to that, it sure would save a lot of time and issues with driver installs.

    Thanks so much for all help,
    Sparky1
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,327   +49

    You have not said what the PC is - older PC's will not support drives of sizes like 500Gb, and others not so old will not support a SATA drive without motherboard drivers for Windows XP etc. You need to give quite a bit more information on the kit before we can narrow down the possibilities
  3. sparky1

    sparky1 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    So sorry, I am brand new at posts. It is a 2006 Lenovo J series. It had a 250 GB in it.
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,327   +49

    Ok well the attached link goes to the lenovo support and download site http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/homeLenovo.do?country=uk , which is a model of it's kind. I see that no Lenovo model was issued with a drive larger than 250Gb, and it could be you need a bios (flash) upgrade to support the new drive. On the whole I think not. You should instead look in the bios and determine if the order of hard drives is correct - this is entirely different to the boot order. in brief, you need to first choose the drive channel that is looked at first, then determine the boot order on that channel.

    Either way, a drive C: will only appear when you have your new drive as the first non-removeable drive. It would appear to me that you did not follow a viable process for getting things going on the new drive. If you actually want to migrate everything from an old drive, the best method is to use 'drive image' software (which is available for not a lot e.g. Acronis true Image, or even free alternatives). You image your existing drive to removable or preferably attached USB media, either as one large file or a number of smaller ones to match the media in use. There is also a way to boot from a CD or floppy disk with a new empty hard drive replacing the old. Finally, you 'restore' the drive image onto the new drive and away you go as if nothing had happened.

    You can either restore the new drive at the original size, and add an extra D: partition to use the rest of the space, or you can restore it filled out to the full drive capacity. I cannot go into the pros and cons of each approach here, suffice to say if you want to image a complete drive to protect yourself against a catastrophic infection, where do you put it? Answer - on another partition.....

    Some hard drives even come with a chopped-down version of imaging software to do exactly this, and no more - you just install a package on your existing drive, plug in the new drive and run the software which simply copies the whole hard drive onto the new one. Swap in the new drive and you are done. All in 15-20 minutes....Seagate comes to mind. Check their website.

    As to where you are now, why the new drive will not format etc, I recommend you download the FREE partition manager from here http://www.easeus.com/download.htm which will show you all the drives, their letters under the existing setup. I think you probably need to clear everything off the 500Gb drive (with say FDISK or Easeup itself) and start again.
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