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Installing XP, gets C:/I386/DRV/DTA/DTA.LST cannot be recovered

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Hello, first of all thank you to anyone who responds, any help is welcome. Alright ive got a gateway 6518GZ laptop and have been having some problems. it fell about a month ago and i bought a new hard drive (a month before this fall it fell as well and the hard drive crashed so i thought it would be the hard drive) i put the new hard drive in and got,
PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
PXE-MOF: exiting broadcom PXE ROM
Operating system not found

during that time the disc drive was sounding like it was spinning but kept on doing the same sound, so then i started thinking this hard drive isnt good and i might need a new disc drive. so i returned the hard drive. (they tested it and said it worked fine.) so i figured i needed a new disc drive. i ordered one today and was looking at the one i currently having and decided to try one more time to see if it would work with the hard drive i originally had. it started working and started installing windows. it usually stops between 43 and 50 percent done and gives me C:/I386/DRV/DTA/DTA.LST cannot be recovered and tells me to retry or abort. it doesnt retry so i have to abort and it closes the installing unfinished and says cannot format user partition.

if ANYONE can give me any advice it would be so appreciated. i just want my computer to work again.

thank you! sarah.
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