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Windows 7: problems installing/dualbooting XP on separate hd

31 Jan 2010   #1
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
problems installing/dualbooting XP on separate hd

Hey guys, I've had windows 7 64bit installed on my primary hard drive (WD Raptor 150gb) for some time now and i love it. however, a lot of the audio programs i use don't really like 64 bit or windows 7 for that matter. i have a secondary hard drive (WD 1tb) that i use for storage and i want to install windows xp on that. the 1TB has 2 partitions on it, the Windows 7 recovery partition which is like 100mb, and the Storage partition which takes up the rest of the disk. now i went into disk management in 7 and shrank the storage partition 200gb so i now have 200gig of unallocated space on my secondary hard drive to install XP on. I get stuck after the windows xp installer finishes formatting and copying the installation files and reboots. when it reboots "a disk read error" occurs and i have to press ctrl alt delete to restart. then to boot back into 7 have to use the install disk and repair. i need some help :[


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31 Jan 2010   #2
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome willxcore!

What brand hard drive do you have? Each manufacturer has their own tools for testing their hard drives. I would recommend a thorough test of the drive.
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31 Jan 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attaching file using paper clip in Reply box.
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31 Jan 2010   #4
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

they are both western digital drives, i ran chkdsk and it came back with no errors. im on my laptop right now, the 7 install on my desktop is repairing, ill get that screen shot in a minute
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31 Jan 2010   #5
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here, try these tools: WD Support > Downloads > Select Product

They are far more advanced than the Windows tools. Just select your drive and there you go.
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31 Jan 2010   #6
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 


the E partition was made during the windows xp quick format

and jonathan, should i use Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for windows?
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31 Jan 2010   #7
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Go ahead and download the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics. I could have sworn there was a program called WD Tools, but I can't seem to find it.
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31 Jan 2010   #8
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

yea i did, and it says both my drives pass SMART, but when i run diagnostics, i get a "Cable Test::Write sector error!" and it fails and tells me to check the cables... that doesn't seem to make sense. because i can access both drives and move files around fine.
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31 Jan 2010   #9
willxcore

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

sorry greg, i never attached the screenshot, here it is


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31 Jan 2010   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by willxcore View Post
yea i did, and it says both my drives pass SMART, but when i run diagnostics, i get a "Cable Test::Write sector error!" and it fails and tells me to check the cables... that doesn't seem to make sense. because i can access both drives and move files around fine.
Makes sense to me, check your cable.

you may have loose fitting cables.
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