unable to install windows xp on hdd on laptop

By camelflush ·

I have an acer travelmate 4103wlm laptop. Previously, when i tried to reformat my hdd and reinstall xp using the systems and recovery cd bundled together with my laptop, it finished installation but when i want to reboot it to start to windows, it came out with a blue screen saying that an error has occured and the laptop has to be restarted. Once i restart it, it states that 'media test failure, check cable' and when i restart it again the laptop prompts me to enter hdd password after the bios loading screen. The hdd password seems to be created after the error and I'm not sure why it happens. Hope some of you can help me out on this issue.

Next i tried to replace my original hdd with an external hdd(taken the cover out and plug in the hdd slot of my laptop) and use the recovery cd to install xp. It followed this sequence: insert systems cd(bootable,this is where i select full hdd recovery which means formatting if i'm not wrong) > insert recovery cd 1 (load a screen with progress bar, at the bottom first it says restoring partition then it says found some bad sector, then progress bar continued) > insert recovery cd 2 (progress bar 100%, it prompts me to reinsert the systems cd, it will copy some programs and finish the process) > when i insert the systems cd, the whole process starts all over, it prompts me whether i want to do a full hdd recovery again. I did formatting with my original hdd before and when i reinsert systems cd, a progress bar will pop up and says copying data, once it's done it will prompt me to remove cd and reboot and xp will start. But in the case of this new hdd, it just restarts the process again and again.

Then i tried to get a windows xp cd from my friend and install, this is only one cd. I selected a full format at first but it didn't seem to work. Then i restarted my laptop and run the cd again, this time i selected quick format, it works and then proceeds to install xp as well. Then when i removed the cd and reboot, it loads to bios and then shows a blank screen for a few minutes(about 5mins) before loading the xp screen, then after it loads a blue screen and said error has occurred and computer will restarts automatically.

Can anyone tell me if i did something wrong and how to install xp to this new hdd that i took from an external hdd. The new hdd is a 120G hitachi hdd that i've been using as external hdd for some time, and the original hdd is a toshiba 80G hdd with two partition, 40G on each side.

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Have you tried?

by aron.bury In reply to unable to install windows ...

Have you tried separately testing both HDD's on a separate system? it's possible (although not likely) that both HDD's are damaged.

Also, what's the connection type on the laptop? SATA or PATA? (im guessing its not SATA)

Also, ensure that your boot-priority is set up properly in the BIOS.

Good Luck! :)

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by camelflush In reply to Have you tried?

Hi Aron,

The hdd is an IDE hdd, not sata. As for testing do u mean plugging the hdd into another laptop as primary hdd and install xp? if the hdd is damaged, will it affect the laptop in any way? i guess not but just wanna make sure.

Anyway, i tried plugging the hdd into another computer, the 'external' hdd is still detectable, but my original hdd that had the password set on it is detected by the computer but i can't see the drive in 'my computer'.

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HDD Testing

by aron.bury In reply to IDE HDD

the preferred method of testing would be to connect it up to a desktop system via any method you wish.

If you test it by plugging it into another laptop, I dont imagine that it would damage the laptop in any way, however it would not be my preferred method of testing.

As jacky wisely said as well, u can try the HDD manufactures testing systems.

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This could help

by solshakdwn In reply to IDE HDD

When did you purchase this laptop and did XP come pre-lnstalled on it or Vista? Reason I ask is I had a similar problem with my new laptop(acer as well) which came with Vista pre-installed. I wanted to re-partition it and use XP but it kept failing very similar to whats happening to yours. My installation would fail on the second part of the install and sometimes complete but when I would restart I would get the blue screen of death. It's actually not a hard thing to fix. All you have to do is change a couple of settings on your BIOS. I can give you the details as soon I know if yours came with vista or XP.
Another thing to point out to you is, if you are looking to move from vista to XP, Acer doesn't provide the XP drivers for your newer laptop depending on the model "I tried and got a message from their customer support stating they have a very limited support resource) but you could probably find these some other place but be prepared to be frustrated!

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Test your drives

by Jacky Howe In reply to unable to install windows ...

You can use the Hard Drive Makers Testing Utility to Test the Drive which can be downloaded from below.
<a href="http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm" target="_blank"><u>Hitachi / IBM</u></a>
<a href="http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtools" target="_blank"><u>Western Digital</u></a>
<a href="http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1" target="_blank"><u>Fujitsu</u></a>
<a href="http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools" target="_blank"><u>Seagate</u></a>
<a href="http://www.samsung.com/Products/Hard...ties/hutil.htm" target="_blank"><u>Samsung</u></a>

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80% from HDD

by alashhar In reply to unable to install windows ...

i think 80% that the cause is some bad sectors in both HDD, so i suggest to check HDD with very good utilities or replace it with new HDD

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