New hard drive boots but then freezes up

  bnastin2000 18:17 17 Aug 2006

I have a new Maxtor 80Gb hard drive and want to use that as my new hard drive. have formatted the disk and loaded winXp to it.
When I restart the PC it works for 20 - 30 seconds then freezes up and no amount of clicking or Ctrl-Alt-del works... no joy at all, All I can do is restart and watch the whole cycle over again.
my older drive works well enough, but only has 10Gb space. I have tried to dual boot and reset the jumpers at the rear to master slave correctly but still no fun for me.... any ideas folks?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:38 17 Aug 2006

have formatted the disk and loaded win Xp to it.
So it must have worked for at least an hour while you installed windows.

You probably have a corrupted windows file on the disk causing the freeze.
Boot from the CD and format the drive and reinstall windows from fresh. or carry out a repair install.

Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
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  BenAustin2000 22:06 17 Aug 2006

Sadly that didnt work, anymore ideas people? Thanks

  Zeppelyn 22:14 17 Aug 2006

You mention dual boot, do you have same OS on old disk. If so why not try MaxBlast 4 from Maxtor, set up disk with it and copy the old HD contents to new. Obviously you will have to boot from old disk unless you use the bootable Maxblast.

  BenAustin2000 22:59 17 Aug 2006

For some reason they wont work together, i dont understand why as 2 have worked before. This is all very confusing

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