Having problems with your Gateway 700 X PC Desktop ?

Need to load xp on gateway

\015 Have a Gateway 700X desktop with a new hard drive. Bought Windows XP OS but it will not install. Been told I need an fdisk to install OS. All info I find says to access this through Windows (great, it's a raw hard drive). Need help finding the elusive fdisk, need to know if it can be a boot disc to format the drive for a Gateway, and how to do it. Any help from someone who knows about Gateways would be awsome.\015

Answers :

Do you have a full installation disc or an Upgrade version of XP? The full install should give you an option for partitioning and formatting the new hard drive as part of the installation process. From Microsoft, read this page for details:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/313348 . You may need some additional drivers if you have a SATA hard drive. More screen shots and details are here: http://www.theeldergeek.com/hard_drives_03.htm .

An alternative way of dealing with the problem may be to use a third-party Partition Manager software (Symantec's Partition Magic, Paragon's Partition Manager). Paragon's site is
http://www.partition-manager.com/ . This site has various levels of Partition Management software (with different features available in the more expensive versions). You'll need the bootable CD version of the software (recovery disc, .iso) to do the partitioning.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
(I thought the upgrade version could also be done to a new hard disc including the partitioning; all you needed was a Win OS disc from an earlier version to prove qualifying ownership.)

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