I have a some experience with installing OS but never enough!
Recently I returned from a LAN party but after resetting my IP Connection (no problem here)
I soon developed other problems when gaming with F4:AF.
1) Sidewinder v Saitek configuration conflicts.
2) Teamspeak (VOIP Program) Microphone (No Communications).
So I thought I would try and rebuild my PC. As the whole family (4 Users) use it a lot much depends
upon my ability to get the systems running with minimal disruption.
As I have two drives what I would like to do is reinstall one drive with the Original Windows XP Home and then
transfer data for all users using the BackUp created. Once this was working then I could Format the other drive and install Windows XP Pro OEM for my gaming platform.
Hence secondary drive E:\ was the one which I attempted for format ready to load Windows XP Home.
From the command prompt I typed:
FORMAT /FS:NTFS E:
I received a prompt asking:
Volume Label? <Enter> for none ?
At which point I returned:
All went well and so I then performed a checkdisk:
At this point I powered down. Now rebooted with the E:\ drive using IDE1 and set as primary drive.
The message displayed:
NTLDR is missing
Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to Restart
Obviously is looking for NTLDR to kick up the system. I tried many things in vain and had no joy!
I know that when the two drives are connected they are shown as drives C: E: respectively. Drive E: is the one on which I want to install Windows XP Home ... once working I will then Format drive C ready to accept XP Pro ... not before as I need the system running for whole family.
When E: is used as the sole drive ... on bootup I get the NTLDR message and the PC does not see the drive at all!
When I issued the command:
The reply states:
Volume in Drive E is BackupData
Volume Serial Numbers is ............
If I then issue the command:
The reply states:
The type of the file system is NTFS
Enter current volume lable for drive E:
Hence I entered:
After which I get the reply:
An incorrect volume label was entered for this drive.
So in short I can not boot the system using drive E: as a primary drive with master boot settings as the PC does not recognise the drive. Consequently I can not install the OS ......
Sorry for such a long message .... hard to explain what is happening without quite understanding all aspects.
I hope you might be able to instruct me what to do ....
Ps Will depart for work shortly. Will pickup any messages from home after returning from my shift. Hence please understand that I may not be able to reply for a few hours but rest assured I will. Thankyou in advance for all your help.