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
1 year 6 months ago #2044
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
select disk x (x being the SSD in question)
create partition primary align-1024
format fs=ntfs quick
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. 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?