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    I'm trying to install xp on a new hard drive. I have tried two different copies of xp and 1 of win7, and in each case I get a message telling me that no previous copy of windows found so it won't install. The xp cd's are both full versions, not upgrades and I used them before successfully.

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    Is it perhaps related to not reading the new disk correctly?

    Thanks.

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    Exactly what message are you receiving on these installation attempts?
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jepalmer View Post
    I'm trying to install xp on a new hard drive. I have tried two different copies of xp and 1 of win7, and in each case I get a message telling me that no previous copy of windows found so it won't install. The xp cd's are both full versions, not upgrades and I used them before successfully.

    Suggestions?

    Is it perhaps related to not reading the new disk correctly?
    Have you checked the BIOS to see that the disk is being properly identified?

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    BIOS was the right question. It sees the drive as a Channel 1 Slave and I made this drive the first boot priority after CD. Then, I kept moving the jumper block until it worked - with no jumper block. Drive is formatting as I write, so I assume that all will be well in Mudville.

    Thanks to both of you for your replies and best of the New Year to you and yours.

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