My harddrive is beginning to fail and so I went out and bought a new 2tb harddrive for my XP system, knowing that XP cannot access 2tb in one lump, I partitioned it into 4 x 500gb drives- so far- so good.
I then went to instal XP on the drive and found it was a 64 bit drive - nothing on the box to indicate this
XP will not install on a drive unless it is 32 bit or you have XP 64 bit. (or window 7 or 8)
Is there a third party software that will allow me to re-partition and format in either :Fat32 or NTFS 32 bit, or will I be wasting my time.
The drive will accept data(documts etc but not an install.
I attached it to the machine and used disk management to format it while in windows.A 'knowledable' friend who works as a 'Technical advisor',in a well known store told me it was a 64 bit drive, so I assumed he knew what he was talking about.
I have finally found the solution, thanks to you reminding me that it was a SATA drive.I looked at Raid drivers as I thought that may be the problem (it wasn't).
Finally traced it to the BIOS where SATA had been disabled, set the BIOS setting for SATA to combined ( IDE + SATA) and that cured the problem.
Nothing surprises me now in stores that sell pcs, not since I was in a Comet store (before closures and troubles were news) and overheard assistant warning against free avg as 'it is full of viruses' and customer should 'buy the Norton antivirus program - which is on offer at the mo' so lucky you.....'
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