Vista Install failing with Maxtor Hard Drive - very frustrated.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by LenH, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. LenH

    LenH Guest

    I have posted here before, but none of the suggestions seems to work. I am
    trying to install Vista as an updgrade on the first partition of my primary
    hard drive (it has 2 XP partitions on it) which is a Maxtor 6L100P0. In
    reading the install logs, it looks likes Vista cannot set up the hard drives
    and the install fails.

    I am at a loss as to what to do next - I would be glad to pay a consultaion
    fee to anyone who would be willing to help me either via email or on the
    phone. I will gladly suppy the install logs if those would be helpful.

    Thanks for your help.
    LenH, Jul 5, 2006
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  2. LenH

    stardis Guest

    Sorry you're having trouble with the drive. I looked up that drive by the
    model number you gave and it is not a SATA drive so I don't think you need
    any drivers for it. Unless maybe you have it connected to an add-in
    controller card. If it is plugged into your motherboard's ide port you
    shouldn't have to provide a driver.

    Maybe the problem you are having is with one of the partitions. I did
    install Vista on a formatted NTFS partition and not over the top of an
    exisiting XP operating system.

    I had a 250gb (the entire drive) installation of XP Pro.
    I did a clean install of XP and did a quick format (losing everything in the
    I made two partitions during the XP install: C: and D:
    I then installed XP Pro on the C: partition.
    From my XP on C: I inserted the Vista DVD supplied by MS and let the
    installer take over.
    I did do the "custom" install which let me choose D: as the target drive to
    install Vista on.

    That should work for you also. If you want to keep one of the XPs that you
    have, you may want to format the other one; I can't tell from what you wrote
    if you still have XP on both partitions.

    It doesn't bother me to format and reload the operating systems since I
    don't care if I lose anything on this computer. You may not want to do that
    with yours.

    I'm not an expert by any means, just a hobbyist home user, so you may want
    to keep that in mind.
    stardis, Jul 5, 2006
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