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Hey all, recently I used an older 40gb Maxtor drive of mine to use in a secondary system. I installed XP and all drivers without any sort of problem. But after everything is up and running, the next time I reboot the computer, the system gets stuck on the Windows XP load screen. The blue bar keeps moving but it won't get passed that loading stage.

I tried reinstalling and repairing, and each time I get the same results. It works for that first couple boots, but after everything is installed and running well, the next reboot gets stuck on the Windows load screen. Could this just be a sign to use another hard drive, or is there something I'm missing. Thanks in advance.

Update - Today I tried out two other drives, both Maxtor drives as well (a 40gig and a 60gig), and now when trying to boot from my XP cd, it loads up until it says starting Windows (the blue load screen to install/repair Windows), but then stops loading before I have a chance to get to the Format/Repair/Install option. One of these drives is an older drive with Win98 installed, and the other has no OS installed.

This problem is really annoying me since I can't seem to figure out what the problem is, but need to get this PC upand running. Windows XP does infact work on the first drive, until I restart my PC after the initial reboot after installing drivers, and now on the other two, I can't even get to installing Windows XP. Please Help...

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P4 2.0Ghz
AOpen MoBo
768MB PC133 Ram
Radeon 9600Pro Vid Card
post #2 of 13
It may be something with the hard drive...But first, let's make sure it has all the files.

If you have a secondary system available, can you set that drive to slave, and go to the root of the drive and look at the hidden files? You wanna' make sure you have ntldr, ntdetect.com, and boot.ini. Also, in it's system32 file, look for ntoskrnl.exe. They are necessary for booting up.

Also, is the drive a SCSI drive, or just like an IDE drive?

If it is a SCSI drive that does not support it's own BIOS, you will also need another file located in the root labeled, ntbootdd.sys. It's simply a copy of the driver for your SCSI controller, but would be necessary.

If that checks out, check for bad sectors.
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try booting with just the 1 drive in some hd are incompatiable together some not all
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They are all IDE drives. I tried 4 different drives in that PC, all Maxtor 40-60gigs, each one of them have the same problem. Two have WinXP installed, one has Win98, and each one of them gets stuck on the Windows load screen, but this didn't happen in it's older system. The fourth drive was just a slave drive, so no OS installed on it. Now on three of the drives, when I try to repair/reformat/install using the WinXP CD, the setup locks up right at the last step before it gives me the options of what I want to do.

The only drives that XP setup works for is the one that only works if I don't restart the PC after the initial installation/driver installs (I have around 2 restarts before Windows XP gets stuck on the load screen). I tried swapping ram around, using primary, slaves, single drive boots, but nothing is helping. Everything is registering in BIOS as well.
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did u try and update your bios to the newest bios version?
post #6 of 13
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Haven't tried updating BIOS on it yet. Didn't think of that to be honest. I'll try to find a BIOS update and see how that goes, hopefully that does the trick, although it used to work earlier without it being updated.

But I remember hearing that older BIOS versions can't recognize larger based drives, so hopefully that is the problem, but wouldn't I not even be able to install WinXP and run it initially if that is the case?
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Haven't tried updating BIOS on it yet. Didn't think of that to be honest. I'll try to find a BIOS update and see how that goes, hopefully that does the trick, although it used to work earlier without it being updated.

But I remember hearing that older BIOS versions can't recognize larger based drives, so hopefully that is the problem, but wouldn't I not even be able to install WinXP and run it initially if that is the case?
That's talking about really old BIOS, the ones that don't support LBA (which was an extension to get past a 504MB limit.) There were some other stuff after that, but updating the BIOS is a good start.

Also, you can trying rebuilding DMI Pool Data.

EDIT: Also, just for accuracy, some sources state that LBA (Large Block Addressing) was to overcome a 528MB limit.
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well do you have a bootable floppy, if so i would go that route and get into dos then format and partition the hd and check to make sure there are no corrupt sectors and all is ok with them, then try booting with winxp disk and see what it does. You are doing fresh clean installs right, not just installing over older os??
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I tried 2 cd's, and both work on my other PC. All 4 HD's were working in the system they came from, but stopped the issue arises in this particular system. When I get home later tonight, I will try updating BIOS, and if that doesn't work, give a boot disk a try. If not, who knows... I'm all out of ideas.
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