Hard drive blues

By drecked
Dec 19, 2011
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  1. I made the mistake of trying to delete the partitions on my hard drive with
    partition magic Hmmm , I know the idea would have been to format using
    my XP disc (to late) I want to know if I can resurrect it this hardrive because
    I refuses to boot up starting the comp with the XP disc loaded or is it
    d.e.a.d greetings drecked
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    So the drive won't format at all?
  3. drecked

    drecked TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 41

    Nope it goes as far were it say insert disc to boot up than it turns
    black and nothing else happens
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Install it as a second drive along with a good booting C drive and format it in Windows. It is it IDE or SATA?
  5. drecked

    drecked TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 41

    It's Sata Tmagic ,I get the distinct feeling there is problem with the motherboard!

    the motherboard is Giga byte Ga-G33M-S2 (it's been good)

    My CPU is a intel core 2 duo E6750

    What do you reckon would similar in today's M/Board & CPU ?
    I have not looke at it for while had this for about 6 years I think.!
    the reason I'm saying this is because I put in a new hard drive a little while ago
    and right in the middle of the install it gave up the ghost ! I got it going again
    but I think it needs an up date what would you suggest If you don't mind me
    asking regards drecked
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Even if the HD is dead (I don't think it is based on the information provided so far), the comp should boot off a CD. Are you sure your BIOS is set to boot off a CD before attempting a HD? On your POST screen it should say somewhere what key to press to get a boot menu, select the CD that way if you aren't comfortable in the BIOS.

    Why did you need partition magic anyway? During the XP install you can wipe and recreate partitions...
  7. drecked

    drecked TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 41

    yes I know SNGX1275 but i have found it's easier to do it with partition magic
    right after the window in stall ! but the thing is normaly you can put in the windows
    disc and reformat + install >In the bios I have the cd rom as #1 boot up .
    but like i wrote in my last post I think there is something wrong with at a guess
    the mother board because it stopped working right in the middle of installing
    windows on a brand new hard drive so I will replace mother board & CPU and
    have another go "nothing is impossible"

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