format sata drive

  watteneer 11:08 07 Feb 2010
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I have just bought a sata 250gb Hitachi hard disk
and want to run windows XP Pro
how do i format drive.software keeps running setup
i need hekp
Thanks to all Techies

  cream. 11:15 07 Feb 2010

" software keeps running setup "

Is this windows setup? If it is, you format the drive in setup.

  canarieslover 11:20 07 Feb 2010

What service pack is your XP Pro disk? Early ones need motherboard drivers for SATA loaded during setup. From memory I believe its F6 to load them from floppy. That enables XP to 'see' the SATA drive and then you can continue to install as normal.

  jamesd1981 12:03 07 Feb 2010

best idea is to use a third party boot disc like parted magic and delete all partions and format whole drive to ntfs.

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