Loading xp on SSD

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I have a HP dx2200 and I took the sata drive out and put in a SSD drive.  I am trying to load windows xp on it but am running into an issue.  
1.  I press enter to install xp
2.  Agree to the terms
3.  Create a partition
4.  set up windows xp on the selected item
5.  Format the patition using the ntfs file system
6.  The drive formats, Copys files, Computer reboots, trys to boot from cd, doesn't do anything.  I reboot the pc and get error loading operating system.

Normally the pc reboots and starts install the OS.  Any ideas?
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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I don't know that this is the trouble, but it will reduce the number of possibilities to investigate.

When the computer attempts to reboot after installing the baseline system, stop it at the BIOS POST screen and enter BIOS setup.  Change the BIOS boot settings so that the hard drive is the default boot device, rather than the CD.  Save the new settings.  Then reboot.  This will cause the system to start from the SSD rather than the CD.  See if this makes any difference.

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Yeah i have tried that.  I also applied an image of the PC using acronis and the pc boots up just fine the first time but when I reboot it can't find the boot file.
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Try installing on the original SATA drive.  If that works, there is a problem with the SSD.  It is probably still under the manufacturer's warranty.
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I was using the SSD in a laptop as of yesterday so I know it works.  
DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010
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I've got a DX2200 in the boneyards, so it is not powered up. But I do remember it shipping with a SATA-1 disk.  It is possible factory firmware/BIOS only supports SATA-1, not SATA2.  So I would go to link below, make sure BIOS & chipset firmware have all been upgraded to latest firmware.  

Also, are you aware that XP doesn't natively support SATA drivers, so you need to slipstream an XP distribution (or do the F6 thing) to install SATA drivers so you can boot it?


http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=1844702&prodTypeId=12454&prodSeriesId=1844701&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=1093
DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010
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(Make sure the RAID firmware is also disabled.  The DX2200 does have a BIOS setting to emulate IDE on SATA ports.  Don't know if that setting will prevent the SSD from booting, you need to contact the SSD provider to find out.    If you are impatient, I would just do this ..

1) Go to link, upgrade all firmware, & power cycle.
2) At POST, put SATA controller port in IDE emulation mode
3) try rebooting.
4) If not successful, set port to native SATA, get SATA XP drivers, reinstall using F6 & try again
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Update to the latest BIOS if you have not already done so.

There was a similar problem with WD SATA 300 drives and VIA 8237 controllers (SATA 150) which required installing a transfer rate limiting jumper on the WD drives. It could be that SATA controller cannot handle the speed of an SSD drive although your controller is SATA 300 (SATA II).

I don't recommend using IDE mode with an SSD drive.
IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
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Try to migrate existing OS to SSD drive using free tool that is recently shared by Paragon: http://www.paragon-software.com/support/early-adopter/
As soon as you complete the copy operation then insert the drive into PC and try to boot from it.
Here is discussion of the tool and feedback: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?s=b4398dadb2370a53266f3673696a4810&f=115

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Did not want to go through the trouble with finding drivers and all of that.  This drive worked fine in my toshiba laptop but would not work in the HP dx2200 desktop that I was trying put it in.  I did not have the time to spent on this project.

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Your Comment By: HBMI 11/04/2010 - 09:35AM EDT
Did not want to go through the trouble with finding drivers and all of that.  This drive worked fine in my toshiba laptop but would not work in the HP dx2200 desktop that I was trying put it in.

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