I'm a new member here, looking forward to installing XP on my computer. I cannot install it, maybe you can help me? First off, I'm not a new computer user, but I am new to Windows XP. My computer is 1000Mhz AMD processor, 160Mb RAM, 8Mb Graphics Card, 20Gb Hard drive. I have successfully installed Windows 2000, Windows 98 and various versions of Linux on my machine [on different Hard drives]. Starting off with a clean formatted hard drive with one 20Gb partition, I boot from the CD. It boots ok, and says "press F2 to load SCSI drivers, press F6 to do something else, then gives this error message: "An unexpected error occured at line 1768 in d:\xpclient\base\boot\setup\arcdisp.c" What does this mean? I have tried it with two different legitimate copies of Windows XP professional edition and get the same error. Do I need a graphics card with more memory?
so now I need a thing to properly clean my harddrive. Any ideas? Preferably DOS based and free.
FDISK will remove virtually everything from your HDD Be sure to clear the master boot record when you are done FDISK /MBR www.fdisk.com
Yes, I have already tried this [more than once]. The problem seems to be with FDISK itself, in that on certain HP hard drives it does not actually clean everything off the drive. So, the solution is to use a better utility. My query was whether anyone knew of such a tool that can be used in the same manner as FDISK, but does a better job of cleaning the hard drive.
Was a utility used to make the partition? Like partition magic or something like that ? I have never found a HDD that I could not clean with FDISK Using the FDISK /MBR will clean the master boot record This is sometimes needed to finish the job When you used FDISK was anything left on the HDD? Al NON DOS partition were gone..... EVERYTHING ?
Another option is go to http://support.wdc.com/download/ and download Data Lifeguard it will allow you to write 0's to the drive which will leave you a clean drive. This software works for Western Digital hard drives and perhaps others.
If he is using one of those computers from HP, Gateway, Compaq or Dell, there could a protected hidden partition that will prevent fdisk from totally wiping out the HD clean. The computers have this feature now to prevent you from accidentally formatting the backup OS partition.
This is a shocker. More reason not to buy your computer from a store. Get them tailor made from someone who knows what he is doing like HAL.
What I do when I have problems with FDISK is to install Linux on the hard drive. The process of installing Linux cleans out ALL Microsoft associated stuff so I can start over with a clean slate. It always works expecially if I have been trying to install w2k over a disk that had XP on it.
Have you tried Partition Zapper? http://www.meixler-tech.com/pzapper/index.html
I am gonna try the FreeDos version of FDISK. I only use free software where I can help it, and I certainly wouldn't pay money just for a partition manager.
Go to www.maxtor.com and download their utility disk.. Max Blast II... The first version in my opinion is far better easier... 1.27 is top in my book... use it at least once a week to reformat & repartion hard drives maxtor and non maxtor hard drives. I use it to set multi microsoft operating systems with linux operating systems.
No question you are correct BUT I am not sure if maxblast will work on ALL HDD's Most of them but not sure about ALL It is also FREE and can write 0's to the drive to make it CLEAN
yeah, there is another utility from maxtor that writes your drive to 0... I honestly haven't used Maxblast II to it's full potential.... So I cannot confirm it writes 0s... But I have written my drives to zeros with a maxtor utility disk.... It was called PowerMax or something to that effect.
Point taken... but to my best of knowledge not Dell or older/2 year Compaqs....