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I installed a new hard drive after someone removed the OS from my old drive thinking I would eventually slave the two together to recover my data. Unfortunately the new disk keeps crashing and I assume it is because I never formatted it? Is this correct or could I have a hardware problem? This is a custom machine - AMD Processor, 3GB RAM, 500GB HardDrive(newest one), NVDIA Graphics card, MSI Motherboard, WinXP.

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Can you elaborate more on "crashing"? –  John Siu Jan 22 '13 at 19:07
    
Freezing mid-disk fragmentation or just surfing the net, blue screen of death, recovery from fatal...etc. On reboot...sometimes you get to the desktop, sometimes not. –  smepperson Jan 22 '13 at 19:08
    
Any event log entries that might help us here? –  Dave M Jan 22 '13 at 19:10
    
Sorry guys, not at home at the moment. I am at work and the hubby is trying to fix it himself and unfortunately that scares the **** out of me. He is doing the usual, defrag, disk clean which both freeze. I really don't have a ton of stuff on this HD - should I just re-install XP and try to format the Hd this time? –  smepperson Jan 22 '13 at 19:13
    
It's not possible to install Windows on a hard drive without formatting it. If the disk wasn't formatted before, the installer will do it. –  Dennis Jan 22 '13 at 19:31
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