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Dual boot Win7/XP failed

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Ken Gash

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I just got a new machine with Windows 7 64 bit. I have a 2nd HDD (1TB) installed and I attempted to install XP on it.
The installation proceeded fine until the Reboot step. Instead of opening the XP install sequence I got a message telling me that
"a Disk Error Occurred. Press Ctrl-alt-del To Restart"
I tried twice, even formatting (quick)the disk but no joy. Since the XP installation reset the boot loader, I had to use the Win 7 disk to reset it.
I have installed a second disk dual boot XP on Vista systems so I don't think that it is related to Win 7
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Large capacity >1TB hard disks are still in their infancy and often fail a lot sooner than their smaller capacity cousins.
In my view the drive manufacturer's are pushing capacities beyond the safe limits of current technology, so reliability suffers and so do we.
Test the drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic software. Links here: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 13 December 2010 - 02:30 AM.

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