Question about installing XP on a unformatted drive...

By NiceGuyEd ยท 5 replies
Sep 30, 2005
  1. Hello all. Quick question.

    I've just put a basic computer together from scratch and everything seems fine in bios. It has one 200GB unformatted harddrive in it and a CD-ROm drive. I have the CD-ROM drive first in the boot order followed by the HD and floppy.

    When I put my windows XP pro disk in it doesn't read it and says, "Insert disc to boot from cd and press enter".

    Do I need to FDISK my harddrive to format it first? Or should windows be running from the CD-ROM drive without a problem?

    Any insight is much appreciated.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +427

    its not a hd issue, you are either not booting from cd, or your cd isn't bootable.

    XP setup will handle an unformatted/unpartitioned drive without any problems.
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 21,238   +17

    First, check to see that the cd-rom`s jumper is set to master, and that it is connected to the secondary ide channel of your mobo.

    Also check that your Windows XP disk is not damaged.

    Go into your bios, and set the boot priority to floppy/cd-rom/hard drive.

    Put your XP disk into the cd-rom drive,and save and exit bios.

    During boot up you should see a message that says "Press any key to boot from cd".

    If after doing the above, it`s still no go, then try swapping out the ide cable.

    If that doesn`t work, then maybe the cd-rom drive is faulty.

    That`s about all I can think of right now.

    Regards Howard :) :)
  4. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys... I tried another CD ROM drive and it works! :)
  5. NiceGuyEd

    NiceGuyEd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    One quick thing while I'm in the bios changing up the boot order....

    What settings in bios would need to be set speed wise (bus/multiplier) for a system with these specs:

    RAM: 333MHz PC2700
    Processor: Celeron 340 (2.93GHz) 533MHz bus speed
    Mobo suports 533FSB

    Thanks for any info!
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,545   +427

    You shouldn't have to mess with anything in your BIOS as far as speeds.

    ie - leave them at default
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