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  1. #1 Cannot create a partition on my SATA hard drive (P4S800D-X) 
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    My compuiter keeps rebooting by itself and freezing, so people told me I had to reformat.
    I put the windows XP cd, then it asks me for windows 98, and then it asks me 'Where do you want to install Windows?' and there is no partition available.
    If I press enter, a blue screen tells me that my computer stopped to prevent hardware damage.

    Can I solve this by going in the BIOS? Please help me fix this


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    Well i have never heard of that happining and i worked in a computer shop for about 6 months, i really dont see why ur XP would ask for your 98 CD, try formatting from the beggining, so boot from the CD then tell it to set up windows, if anyone has any other ideas ide be glad to hear em


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    I need to put a windows 98 CD because its a XP upgrade CD and it needs to know if I have the permission to install windows XP because it cannot detect a previous version of Windows on my computer.

    Thats not my problem at all though, I have formated my other hard drive (not SATA) many times this way. I need a partition in order to reinstall windows.
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    So the CD you have is to upgrade from Win 98 to XP then. In order to do this you must use the 98 CD first as it has most of the 'basic code' the XP disk then just overlays a new desktop, and a few other bits including a wider range of drivers. If your PC came with a 'recovery disk' use that, then upgrade.
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    I haven't used windows 98 for a long time, but if i remember it cannot see ntfs partitions. When you upgraded from 98 to xp it may have converted the file system from fat32 to ntfs. If this is the case you need to use the windows 98 cd to boot into dos, then use fdisk (i think) to repartition your hard drive(s) into a fat32 file system. Then install win98, then upgrade to xp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shorty
    Well i have never heard of that happining and i worked in a computer shop for about 6 months, i really dont see why ur XP would ask for your 98 CD, try formatting from the beggining, so boot from the CD then tell it to set up windows, if anyone has any other ideas ide be glad to hear em
    You worked in a computer shop for six months and you have no idea why XP installation would ask for the 98 CD ?

    Okay. The reason why this happens is because the Windows XP installation disc you have is not the full version; It is an "upgrade" disc and will say "Upgrade" on the CD itself. It asks for a FULL older version of a windows disc, that is Me/98 to prove that you are infact, entitled to purchase a mere upgrade disk (at the retail price for around £80) as opposed to the FULL XP disc which costs significantly more.

    As for the problem the original poster has, I need to ask does your motherboard support RAID ? If so then when you first begin your windows installation you will need all of the relevant RAID drivers (whether you are setting up a RAID configuration or not, even with one disk your on-board RAID will recognise the disk configuration as JBOD).....anyway..back to my point....Have these drivers to hand on disk and when you install windows press "F6" when it initally asks you if you wish to load a third party SCSI driver, then when prompted insert the relevant discs with your RAID drivers on. Then windows will recognise your hard drive.
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    i am no computer wiz, what is RAID?
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    It is a system of spare drives, instead of writing to one you write to two at a time, the same info, so if one claps out, then hopefully the other will still have the data. It's 'Redundant Architucture.. whatever, but you can look that up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nevyn
    i am no computer wiz, what is RAID?
    RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independant Disks.

    If your motherboard supports RAID then you have several options when configuring a RAID array. The most common options are basically:

    RAID-0 (Known as "striping" that is lets say you have 2 x 250gig hard disks then your OS will recognise it as being just ONE 500gb disk and will "stripe" the data between the two, I.E. write one piece on info to one disk then another piece to another disk etc) RAID-0 is fast but unreliable because if one hard-disk conks out then you loose the whole lot.

    RAID-1 (known as "mirroring") As Mega said. Lets say you have the same 2 x 250gig hard disks then your OS will recognise, only ONE 250 gig hard disk as what ever information is written to one will be written to the other too. RAID-1 is slower but also reliable as if one hard disk conks out then you can easily rebuild the array from the good disk.

    JBOD (known as "spanning") Same as before, 2 x 250 gig hard disks except that the OS recognises just one 500 gig hard disk, except that this time when the first 250gig hard disk becomes full then it starts to write to the next one.

    RAID-5 needs FOUR disks of equal size to operate. RAID-5 (if I remember correctly) "stripes" and "mirrors" at the same time.

    If your motherboard supports RAID then you need to load the relevant third party drivers during the windows installation; If you are only using 1 SATA drive then you would configure this as a JBOD or "spanning" drive anyway.

    JBOD stands for "Just a Bunch Of Disks" - incase you were interested.
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    right thanks, that makes a lot of sense, surprisingly i was not expecting so
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    If all else fails try doing something like this:

    http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

    Make a live GParted CD and delete your partitions and start over. Little late, but it's a great piece of software IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodling
    My compuiter keeps rebooting by itself and freezing,
    How old is your computer? I had a similar problem that turned out to be not software related, but the power supply was going bad.
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    Overheating could also be a problem.
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    Quote Originally Posted by Bloodling
    My compuiter keeps rebooting by itself and freezing,
    How old is your computer? I had a similar problem that turned out to be not software related, but the power supply was going bad.
    Yeah I've had that, in my case it turned out to be the IDE data cable was duff - also check the power connector to the drive is not 'loose' - either will cause the symptoms, try a spare power connector if there is one free and a new IDE cable first. IF the power supply is faulty the PC will usually just reboot rather than freeze.
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    The power supply is kinda new and has 2 ventilators in it. My computer almost never freezes but reboots every few hours.
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    Well new things do break down, and more often than you might think, google "Reliability bathtub curve" for an explanation... Check those things anyway, something is breaking down.
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    I'm trying to install it on my other hard drive, but it says 'windows xp has to copy files on a drive that is not recognized'.

    Moreover, I can't load my motherboard drivers when installing windows xp. At no point I got asked if I wanted to load third party drivers.

    What should I do? My computer is still restarting every hour or two.
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    Buy a new computer.
    The hand of time rested on the half-hour mark, and all along that old front line of the English there came a whistling and a crying. The men of the first wave climbed up the parapets, in tumult, darkness, and the presence of death, and having done with all pleasant things, advanced across No Man's Land to begin the Battle of the Somme. - Poet John Masefield.

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    A new what? Motherboard? Hard drive? My computer is very good...
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