Disk Error With XP Pro Install (Boot Camp)

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by StopStand, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. StopStand macrumors newbie

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    So I'm able to partition, and it would seem install Windows XP Pro on my MB.

    But when I get to the Formatting the Windows Partition part of the Boot Camp guide I get a Disk Error every time.

    Do I HAVE to slipstream in order for this to work or are there any other workarounds? I am really not comfortable slipstreaming.

    I have a legit copy of XP Pro with a cd key and all that jazz.

    I have had previous success installing a different copy of XP Pro on my MBP.
     
  2. ill0gical0ne macrumors 6502

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    I had the same problem with my mac pro... it would boot the first time around into the windows setup (old style gui), but when it would try to reboot into the windows setup (with keyboard/mouse control), it wouldn't work. It would only say "Disk error."

    Sorry for the setup explanations; I don't know their actual names, but if you've ever installed XP before, you should know what I'm talking about.
     
  3. ttriff macrumors newbie

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    Create the partition and format it using the Mac disk utility chose the FAT option. When you install XP (SP2) and it prompts you to format, choose "Quick Format" option and your install should go fine.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Have you considered using nlite to guide you through the slipstream?

    You really do need to slipstream, there's something about SP1 or earlier that just doesn't like Macs. I don't recall a single success story in applying SP2 after installation.

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  5. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Ah! So the ever informative Windows Error message was saying there's something wrong with the hard drive partition, not the install CD and ttriff was on the right path. Brilliant! :rolleyes:

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  6. cpadude macrumors newbie

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    I am getting the same error.

    I first partitioned 10 GB off my hard drive using the Boot Camp Assistant. I then launch the Windows Installed with my legitimate OEM Win XP disc. It never prompts me to format the Boot Camp partition. If I delete the Boot Camp partition and then try to format, I have the usual options of NTFS, FAT, FAT(quick), etc.

    So after I install the Win XP and restart when it prompts me to, it goes back into setup and then back to the screen where it asks me what partition I want to install XP on. So essentially it seems like the WinXP install disc is taking me on an endless circle.

    So I power down, hold down OPTION, and then choose to boot from the new windows partition and I get the error "Disk Error", "Press any key to restart", and of course pressing any key does nothing.

    Help?
     

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