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post #1 of 16
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formatted the HDD by putting it into my sig rig.


tried removing hardware in this pc, makes no difference.

set boot priority to cd drive with xp install disk in it,

just loads and says

'BOOTMGR is missing'
'press ctrl + alt + del to restart'


what can i do?
    
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Take the disk out and make sure it doesn't have any smudges or scratches.

Also is this a retail disk or one you burned from an ISO
    
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Something wrong with the disc I guess.

Are you sure the HDD is formatted? If it is bootmgr error wouldn't show up at all.
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just cleaned the disk, trying now.
    
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post #5 of 16
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no change, surely it would detect the disk though?
    
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found a much better condition with a lot less scratches disk, trying that now.
    
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no difference, its not the disk, someone said i need to partition it before i install windows, is this true?
    
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hot damn! i am a disgrace to the human race, and geeks around the world, forgot to plug sata from dvd drive in... retrying now
    
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post #9 of 16
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hmmm 'press any key to boot from CD' and the previous options above, press any key, nothing happens, gets more ellipses but not much else.
    
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Holy cow 6 posts without a reply. Use the edit button.

Is the hard drive plugged in too?

If the disk is scratched it won't work
    
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