Setup cannot copy files error during Win XP install
Posted 09 May 2008 - 02:02 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:38 AM
I think you have eliminated the possibility of a Windows Disc error, which probably only leaves the HD. You reformatted with the Data Lifeguard Tools by WD, I am going to assume that no errors were reported.
You might try reformatting the drive when you try installing XP, if that does not work, then try another HD. They do go bad over time. You might also try downloading Memtest86+ either the ISO to create a CD or the .zip file that creates a bootable floppy. It wouldn't hurt to test the memory, if there is a bad element in the memory, it could be corrupting some of the data flowing from the CD to the HD.
The last possibility is if the CD ROM is having some issues and corrupting the data as it reads from the disc. If you feel the HD is good and memtest gives your memory a passing grade, then either swap in another optical drive or swap the HD into another machine and try to install XP from one of the two discs you previously have used.
If memtest indicates a problem with one of two modules, you can remove one (assuming the second is at least 256MB) and install XP and see if it works. It would be slow, but a good test. Then later after you have acquired a replacement module, you can install it, but XP would not have to be reinstalled.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 11:45 AM
I have run into this situation myself and my only remedy was a clean install on a new hard drive. You may try a full format (not the "quick format") of the current drive before purchasing a new one. Remember, a full format completely wipes the drive!
I was going to suggest that you try another optical drive too, and make sure it is not a read problem; I don't think that is the issue though. I believe you may have some bad sectors on the current drive that is preventing the copy of the files and why the problem files seem to be random every time.
Keep us posted.
Posted 12 May 2008 - 04:35 PM
Posted 12 May 2008 - 07:05 PM
You can do a quick but not totally definitive memory test if you have two modules, by removing one and if everything works, you have found the problem. If it does not change, replace the first, remove the second and try again.
If you have access to a standard CD, you can connect it by laying it outside the case with the power cord and IDE cable going back in to the connectors. I have done this from time to time with various devices (usually hard drives), a CD will be safer than a HD as the electronics are not exposed as those of a HD are.
I think it is fairly obvious to all that we are working with a hardware problem, and it is unlikely the HD or the intstall CD's.
Back to your first post, what was the reason you reformatted and tried to reinstall XP?