Why does Windows XP setup say it can’t install on my hard drive partition?

Turyahebwa Medard August 8, 2012

I can’t install Windows XP on my PC. The setup reaches the stage where you need to install to the hard disk, but setup says it can’t access the partition. What does that mean?

  1. Lm Kusanagi
    August 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm
  2. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 8, 2012 at 9:04 am

    If you just want to install without concern anything else, the best way you can do is change the type from ahci to ide in bios setting. That's all

  3. Bruce Epper
    August 8, 2012 at 1:28 am

    This normally happens when you are installing a pre-SP3 version of XP on a system that has SATA drives in AHCI mode. In this case, you have 3 options. You can change the SATA mode in your BIOS from AHCI or RAID to IDE (Legacy), you can install your SATA drivers early in the installation if you have a floppy drive, or you can slipstream SP3 into your original installation files and burn a new CD. The last option is generally the easiest. On a running computer, create a new directory on your C drive called 'flat' then copy the entire contents of your XP CD into that directory. Download the SP3 file from Microsoft. Open a command prompt in the directory where you downloaded the SP3 file and run the following command: WINDOWSXP-KB936929-SP3-X86-ENU.exe /integrate:c:\flat You can now burn the contents of that directory to a new CD.

    • Âdil Farôôq
      August 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

      well the answer is in detail i was also recommending same.