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cmate

You say you deleted the partitions and created a new NTFS partition. How did you do this? Did you let the XP CD clear the drive and set the partitions or did you use something like Seagate's DiskWizard for Windows or some other manufacturer. I have found sometimes it is best to just start the whole process all over again ... let the XP Install CD do it all for you ... delete and reset the partition again and let XP do the formatting. Another point to consider is to attach a different CD drive and do the install from there. Sometimes the CD drive can stick at reading some part of a disk. Good luck!!