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Want to install my Enhanced Chronos 120 on Win XP 10 months 1 week ago #2038

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I want to install my 120 GB Chronos on my 32 Win XP as I lost a hard drive and need the pc for various old software. What to do about the 4k sector size and format etc is what I need help with. The pc has only the SSD connected and I did a secure erase and stopped at the format screen when installing Windows XP Pro. Is there a utility or tool I can use that is bootable, to set the sector size to 4k? I used Parted Magic to do the secure erase but couldn't figure out how to do the 4k sector thing and don't think it is capable.
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Want to install my Enhanced Chronos 120 on Win XP 10 months 1 week ago #2044

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The easiest way to do the alignment is with Windows 7

If you have a Windows 7 system that you can install the SSD as a secondary, you partition and quick format the drive in disk management. Then just install XP to that partition, don't format with XP.

You can also use a W 7 install disk, boot to it and go to repair and open a command prompt
Then enter the following commands

diskpart
list disk
select disk x (x being the SSD in question)
clean
create partition primary align-1024
format fs=ntfs quick
active
exit

Then install XP to the partition, do not format in XP
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Want to install my Enhanced Chronos 120 on Win XP 10 months 1 week ago #2045

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MushkinSean wrote:
The easiest way to do the alignment is with Windows 7

If you have a Windows 7 system that you can install the SSD as a secondary, you partition and quick format the drive in disk management. Then just install XP to that partition, don't format with XP.

You can also use a W 7 install disk, boot to it and go to repair and open a command prompt
Then enter the following commands

diskpart
list disk
select disk x (x being the SSD in question)
clean
create partition primary align-1024
format fs=ntfs quick
active
exit

Then install XP to the partition, do not format in XP

Arrrghh, I hope I didn't mess up. :( I found some info yesterday and did it a little different and I have it running but may need to tweak it. :ohmy: I used a Win7 disk and did a partial install up to the drive selection then powered down and did the XP install. The problem I kept getting was the RESERVED partition created. After about a day of trying, I ended up doing the Win7 install trick and then deleted the RESERVED partition and the D partition and then created a new C partition and did a quick NTSF format and it installed. So how do I know and possibly fix if I have the wrong alignment now?
Thanks,
davebert

added: Found this and will try it.
www.partitionwizard.com/partitionmanager...n-ssd-partition.html
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Want to install my Enhanced Chronos 120 on Win XP 10 months 1 week ago #2047

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If you did it with W 7 it is probably ok.

You can check the starting offset in msinfo32

run msinfo32
go to components/storage/disks
there you should see partition starting offset, the value should be 1,048,576 bytes
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Just did that a minute ago and its 32,256.

edit:
Ok, ran the software to align the drive and now I have a Partition Starting Offset: 1,048,576 :woohoo:
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Want to install my Enhanced Chronos 120 on Win XP 10 months 1 week ago #2050

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ok cool :)

It must have been XP that was used to format the drive.
32,256 is sector 63, the standard starting offset for XP.
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