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Setup cannot copy files -- strange inconsistancies

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by CrazedEwok, Jul 17, 2006.

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  1. CrazedEwok

    CrazedEwok Thread Starter

    Jul 17, 2006

    I'm reinstalling Windows XP Home SP1 on an aqquaintance's computer. Everything was going perfectly. I was able to repair the installation without compromising any of the personal data on the hard drive.

    However, after reboot and when the graphical installation began, it was unable to copy a file. "Sure, that's somewhat normal," I thought, noticing that the CD was a bit dusty and had a few surface scratches. So, I transferred the file to a floppy disk and proceeded fine...

    ...until the message repeated. Again. And again. And again. I attempted to clean the disk, but it still did not recognize it. I've been providing the installer with all the files required by swapping floppy disks for the past few hours, and I don't think I'm going to be done any time soon.

    What can I do to get this to install correctly? I was able to read and verify the Windows CD contents on another computer, but the CD drive on the computer in question had worked before. I'm unable to start Windows (yes, not even in safe mode) until I have all of this reinstalled therefore I can't access the HDD short of slapping it into another computer (my last resort). I managed to backup a few importance files with some tools on UBCD, but that's nothing if this computer, my friend's ONLY computer, cannot be accessed.

    I've been thinking of a few ways to remedy this. Either I put the files in /i386 on the C drive by putting the hard drive in another computer to write, as I mentioned earlier, then put it back into the problem computer and restart setup. I could try putting in another CD drive temporarily. However, both of these options require me to actually restart the file copying. If my solution doesn't work, I'll have to return to my old method, having lost hours of boring floppy swapping.

    Which would be the best idea (or if you have any new ideas, I'd be happy to hear them)?
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