Can't Install XP On My 250 GB Maxtor Harddrive

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Hi people how are you. I have been having problem installing windows XP on my

" Maxtor / DiamondMax 10 / 250GB / 7200 / 16MB / ATA-133/ OEM / RoHS Compliant "

harddrive. It has two partitions currently. One is C: and the second is D: I currently have XP on C: and my data and backup files on D: So i recently decided to install fresh xp copy. I restarted the computer inserted the xp CD and the CD initialized by saying press any key to boot from CD. I pressed enter and then a black screen awaits me, after 5 minutes still black screen, after 10 mins still black screen so restarted and tried it again, i thought mayb the cd or my pc froze on me. After restarting still same issue. So i restarted and inserted windows 98 Cd inside and the setup was completed without any problems. It was very weird, so i decided to delete all the paritions and format the whole hard drive as one partition. And luckily this time it worked, xp was installed. Now my questions to you are

1)what could be wrong that i was not able to setup XP when there were 2 partitions. I still have two partitions and would like to re-install xp on C: drive

2)whats the best way to install a OS if i have a

"Diamond Stealth Radeon 9250 / 256MB DDR / PCI / DVI / TV-Out "

video card installed in my pc, should i remove it and then install any os and then within os install the drivers and so on, or installing an OS while the video card is installed in my pc. Is there any difference between using either methods

3) just for kicks what do you think of my harddrive and video card specs ?

Thx in advance
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If you set your bios to boot from cd. Your computer should have came up to the windows installation page. It would have showed you the two partitions on your drive and asked which one you wanted to install windows on. Ater choosing C: drive it would have informed you about all info would be lost and told you the partition had to be formatted after the format windows should have installed with no problems.

Remember I said should have :lol:

Hope this was of some help....
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Vid card and HD are decent. There is no reason that comes to mind that the Windows setup would not start. Usually it would have gone into setup and you would eventually have gotten into the partition manager.
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You see that's the problem "it does not" do what a windows xp installation normally would do. This is what is exactly happening

1) I put in the Windows Xp Pro Sp2 inside and boot from the cd rom.
2) It shows me the message that "Press any key to boot from cd" So i hit enter
3) It shows me the message "Setup is inspecting your system's hardware configuration "

Normally after this message a blue screen should popup asking to "press F6 if you need to install any third-party or RAID drivers" right ? But this screen does not show up right after the 3rd step there is a complete black screen like a blackhole sucking my patience right in it. I have waited 10 mins 20 mins 30 mins still nothing and i have tried this 4-8 times. FYI the cd is not scratched or broken, as i just finished installing xp the same exact way i always do on my old WD 15 GB harddrive, so that means something is wrong with my Maxtor 250 GB hard drive. Now that being said anyone have any idea as to what's wrong ? I have been searching guides/notes/tips/ and searching on google for almost 5 days now and i came up with a few questions

1) is it the 137 GB space windows xp space barrier involved here ? i thought that was an issue only with windows xp before the sp1 and sp2 was out

2) does it has to do something with my bios or motherboard not supporting this huge hard drive ? Although i do see my harddrive active and alive in my bios setup

3) should i update my bios and motherboard drivers as i havent done so in many years. Is this safe ?

4) i can install a fresh copy of windows 98 on this same harddrive without any problems, then why xp only ?

5) i called up Maxtor helpline and explained to the rep what my problem was, he advised me that it should be a Microsoft software problem/issue and that i should contact Microsoft. Did he just get away with a lame excuse ?

Thx in advance
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The 137 GB barrier could be either a software or a BIOS problem.

Start with your BIOS. How old is your computer? Go into the BIOS and make sure your hard drive is set to Auto Detect it's parameters rather than you entering them manually.

The software issue comes about with FAT32. Windows 98/DOS will only be able to assign a maximum of 137 GB to a partition on this drive. If the FAT32 partition still exists on the drive when you try to install XP, it might be getting confused. The table on that drive would say it has a partition of 137GB filling 100% of the drive, when in fact, there is another 133 GB on there that just couldn.t be seen before.

To fix this issue, break out a Win98/DOS boot disk, run FDISK, and delete all the partitions on the drive. Exit out of there and then install XP normally. At this point, XP should see a completely empty drive with no partitions and install normally.

If this still does not fix it, set it up as a slave on another XP computer, go into Disk Management, delete all the partitions, create a new partition of 250 GB, and format it as NTFS. XP setup should for sure be able to access it then.
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Thx a lot "lucassix" i will try those steps and let you know of the outcome.
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Hy unstopabl3,

I've recently seen your post on this forum, and got interested, because i bought one hard drive same type as yours......

I was wondering..... do you have other problems with the hard drive other than that barrier limit on capacity?

When i'm in windows, no matter what application I run, from time to time, the system hangs for half a second or so, and than continues normally for about another 45 seconds, than hangs again for a second, and it's a nightmare :? .

It's nothing wrong with the system, I checked it over and over, this i know for sure. It's the hard drive.

I was trying to find someone with the same problem.

Did you experience this too?

Please get back to me.
Thanks.
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ove256, it sounds like your problem is an overheating CPU to me.

Get speedfan and check your CPU's temperature.

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