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Help! - "this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by drhind, Aug 31, 2003.

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  1. drhind

    drhind Thread Starter

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    I get this when trying to install XP - “… this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition”

    Here’s where I am at:

    C: (4GB, NTFS) with a corrupt XP Home installation
    D: (4GB, NTFS) with data (need to keep this)
    Linux (2GB)
    Unpartitioned space (3GB)

    When I try to do a fresh XP install I get the error message “… this disk does not contain a Windows XP compatible partition”. In XP Setup whenever I do a Create partition it creates it as RAW (ie doesn’t let me choose NTFS, FAT32 etc). I’ve tried using the C: drive (NTFS already) but I get the same error message with this.

    What I want to get to is a new XP install, retaining the D: drive. Happy to lose c: and Linux (I can put it on later if needed).

    Any ideas how I can partition / format so that XP will install?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    David
     
  2. james73

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    Have you tried deleting the C: partition?
     
  3. dai

    dai

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    use a 98 bootdisk and run fdisk and have a look at what is actually there.
    format the c partion and make it active and then try installing
     
  4. sickie1961

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    Hi,

    I joined just to reply to this. I have been having the same problem all day. I used fdisk, fixmbr etc. The only thing that fixed it was to disconnect my 2nd hard drive and it worked straight away

    hope it works for you
     
  5. dai

    dai

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    this thread is 5yrs old
    pm a mod to move you to your own thread
    check the jumpers are set correctly on the drives
    if the 1st h/drive is a wd drive you will need to change the jumpers on that one as well
     
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