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Newb here trying to repair XP but failing


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Okay, something unexpected happened. I'll just copy it for you to see.

CAUTION: A \WINDOWS folder already exists that may contain a Windows installation. If you continue, the existing Windows installation will be overwritten.

All files, subfolders, user accounts, applications, security and desktop settings for that Windows installation will be deleted. The "My Documents" may also be deleted.

It gives me the options to use the folder and delete the existing Windows installation, use a different folder, or quit setup.

BTW, I appreciate all the help you've been giving me, much better than paying Geek Squad to tell me something I already know.
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True, "My Documents" folder will be overwritten, so if you have some important files there, you may go for installation in different folder (parallel install), and we can deal with removing old Windows installation, later.
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Where do you think I should install it? I can't really remember any folders also.
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It'll give you an option to select some name. Name it Windows1, for instance.
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Oh, I thought it meant to put it in a folder that already existed. :)
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Setup has determined that drive C: is corrupted and canot be repaired.

Setup cannot continue. To quit setup, press F3.

http://cache.gizmodo...wson-crying.jpg
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Well, it looks like have hard drive problem.
Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Do you have any important data there?
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Sorry, I have no idea where to locate the hard drive on my computer. It's a Dell Dimension 8200 that my father bought about 9 years ago, so I'm completely clueless on the hardware setup. And my father's even more clueless.

And I could live without the memory, I just couldn't live happily without it. :)
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Go to Dell site, enter your computer service tag number (it should be located on a sticker on the computer), and you should find out what brand of hard drive you have.
Alternatively, you can post that number here, and I'll help you.
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There's one sticker on the side called the Windows XP Home Edition Certificate of Authenticity with the Service Key and a few other numbers which I don't think have anything to do with Hard Drive, but I'll post them anyway.

05D481

00043-420-787-054

X08 73061

No point in posting the product key.
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For some reason, your service tag doesn't work.
I can't find any info regarding hard drive manufacturer at Dell's site. Some other search makes me believe, it's Seagate drive, but let's doublecheck.

Download, and install Everest: http://www.majorgeek...wnload4181.html
Open it.
In upper menu, go Report>Quick Report-Summary
Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Don't include anything under the line Debug - PCI
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I failed to mention before that my sister's laptop which shares the same network had the same problem as my computer a day after mine crashed, having the same problem of staying at the booting screen. She took it to Geek Squad and paid $80, to replace the hard drive I believe. Now works fine, and we just use our neighbor's router currently.

Before I download it, do you mean I'm supposed to put it on a CD and use it on the broken computer?
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Yes.
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Sorry it's been almost two weeks since my last reply, I needed to aquire a blank CD. Okay, I downloaded everest onto the CD, tested it out on this computer, but one thing I'm confused about is how will the program run on the computer without a working operating system on it?

Also, you want me to leave out Debug - PCI, but do you want me to keep in Debug - Video BIOS, and Debug - Unknown?
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how will the program run on the computer without a working operating system on it?

Hmmmm...I wasn't thinking clearly, I guess. Sorry for that.

Get SeaTools for DOS v2.13b (Graphical) (12.16.2008) from http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
It'll make bootable CD. See, if it's gonna run.
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