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Solved: Hard Disk Error After Installing

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ModernME, Jul 21, 2014.

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  1. ModernME

    ModernME Thread Starter

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    I'm having an issue with my hard drive in terms of dual booting.

    I am trying to install a copy of Windows XP/Windows Longhorn onto a 1TB hard drive that was removed from a Western Digital My Book. The first portions of setup complete themselves, but when I try to run Windows from the hard drive, all I get is this:

    Verifying DMI Pool Data........
    Disk Read Error
    Press Ctrl + Alt + el to restart your system

    (Yes, I am aware of the missing D... that's exactly how it prints onto the screen.)

    Then, I reboot and then I get this:

    Verifying DMI Pool Data........
    :)_
    INSERT A SYSTEM DISK AND THEN PRESS ENTER

    I keep trying to run Setup over and over again, deleting and creating partitions, formating the drive several times, and tried to install from a different hard drive.

    What's going on and how can I fix this?

    Please note:
    • I am dual-booting via two separate hard drives. One is from the manufacturer of the computer and the other is from Western Digital.
    • I have an Acer Aspire T180 that runs Windows 8.1 Preview.
    • The drive is 1TB.
    • I specifically have Setup install onto the Western Digital drive.
     
  2. Triple6

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    Have you verified the boot order is correct in the BIOS/UEFI? Does it work if you disconnect the second hard drive and reinstall?

    Also, what do you mean by you "tried installing from a different hard drive"? Are you not installing Windows XP from the Windows XP CD?
     
  3. Frozwire

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    You can try to write zeros on the WD hard drive first using WD Lifeguard Tool before you install OS to that hard drive.
     
  4. ModernME

    ModernME Thread Starter

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    As it turns out, the MBR was messed up, so I had to go and fix that. Thanks for the input.
     
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