I am trying to do some "spring cleaning" if you will, and am having some trouble.
I have gone through the rigors of backing up all my necessary files from my computer, and am ready to re-install Windows XP Pro.
My first attempt: I placed the WinXP cd in the drive and set CMOS to boot from the CD. Everything seems to be going fine. It loads up all of those generic &c drivers to go through the setup process. It asks if I would like to repair, install, or quit. I choose to install. Then I get a message that says:
"Setup did not find a hard disk drive installed on your computer." (etc.)
I quit the setup (only option) and reboot. I am a little worried that I've done something wrong, but when I boot from the hard drive it works just fine (that's what I am using now). I write a previous version of this post, then get an idea:
My second attempt: I load the autoplay from the WinXP CD and choose to install Windows. I choose a new installation (rather than upgrade). Again, everything seems to be going fine. I set the advanced option so that later I can determine the drive letter and partition information. It loads all of the setup files to the computer (the hard drive?) and reboots (actually, I rebooted it manually, though that shouldn't make any difference). The computer boots to setup, and loads all of that generic driver stuff again- only faster because it is loading it from the hard drive (!), where it copied it before. I am notified that setup is starting windows and... blue screen (of death).
I have tried checkdisking the drive (chkdsk /f /r) and it reports no corruptions or bad sectors. One time, after checking the ribbon cable on the hard drive, I got a different error: couldn't find "setupdd.sys" I can't remember which method produced this- I think it was the first. I have not been able to duplicate that error. The others I can just fine.