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Installing XP, Files cannot be copied


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Hi, I'm trying to install XP on a computer I have. It comes up with messages saying that a file cannot be copied, does it about ten times. It's a used computer from my dad's work, I formatted it since it had a bunch of junk on it. Worked fine before formatting though. Thanks.
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Use Everest to get the make and model of the hard drive then look at the manufacturer's site for a drive set up utility, it needs to have a write zeros to drive option, use the full option, not quick. XP will still want to format and use the default NTFS long format, not quick option

Download and install Everest Home Edition

Run the programme, click + next to computer then summary

Look on right for storage


If the manufacturer does not have a set up utility, use Boot and Nuke and choose a long option

http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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Well I can't do the first one, because I can't install Windows correctly. I forgot to mention, one of the files that doesn't install is needed for the second installation part, after I reboot the first time. At least I think it is, when the second part of the installation begins, it says the file is missing and I need to install it, then it just sits at the installation screen doing nothing.

I tried the second program, doesn't seem like it helped.

By the way, I read on a site that it could be my XP disk. It doesn't seem damaged, except for some spots on it that sort of look like water is dripped on it, but they don't come off.
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Use boot and nuke if there is no data you need on the PC
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and clean your CD-Rom with a cd-rom cleaner from the store (disc you insert) and the CD (with warm soapy water)...nothing leads to cannot copy files faster than damaged dirty media

Edited by gerryf, 13 January 2006 - 03:55 PM.

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