1)Make sure you have DiskWizard 2003.Download latest Seatools.Create DM and Seatools bootable floppy. Boot through DM floppy and instead of autocreating partition, create a manual 4-5 gb NTFS partition and leave the rest unallocated (for now), or you can create them according to your needs.
2)Try to get a XP installation cd with SP2 slipstreamed in it. If you can't, get it done with Nlite since you have the SP2 exe. Atleast, get another XP setup cd just to be sure its not your CD thats corrupt.
3)Make sure you don't have loose connection on the Sata drive. They all are and you need to make sure its really tight and the cable does not have sharp loops or other bits of hardware cable touching it.
5)If you still face hangups (do you get S.M.A.R.T disk error on bootup?), then run Seatools test on the drive.Check for errors.
***This should be your last option, if nothing else works!******
Using the DM floppy, zero fill the whole drive(preferably if its still under warranty). This will clear any hidden partition errors. You might want to leave that overnite. Once thats done recreate the partitions and install. If the zero fill gets stuck somewhere then you have a defective Sata drive. Get it replaced.
Edited by amul_capri, 29 June 2005 - 05:55 PM.