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Old 04-25-2009
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Default Re: Problems installing windows from a newly formatted HD

Hi. Im running Windows 2000 on my laptop. Im trying to upgrade to Windows XP. My laptop is an IBM T21 256MB, 800Mhz 20GB HD.

When i put the Windows XP installation disk into the laptop it keeps coming up 'The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format now?'

If i click yes it says it cannt be formatted..if i click no nothing happens.

i have the BIOS set to run the CDROM first hardrive second etc.

I hvae also tried the Run d:\setup.exe and get the same problem.

Please help.
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idea Re: Problems installing windows from a newly formatted HD

What disk are you using to do this with? ie: a regular Windows XP installation disk or a recovery disk that came with the laptop? Or could the disk used be a dvd disk
instead of a cd-r disk and your drive is only a cd reader? If the disk being used to install Windows is a dvd disk then you would need a dvd drive in order to read it.

Are you being prompted to "press any key" to boot from the optical drive during bootup? You should.

Is this optical drive able to read a data or music disk?

To help you further, I'd need some info on what type of drive you have and some info on the disk being used to install the OS.
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