Problems on a certain step in Windows XP installation.

By sw123
Oct 30, 2006
  1. I wasn't sure if I was supposed to put this in the CPU, Chipsets, and motherboard section, but this forum seemed to be the best place.

    Ok, now for the actual problem. I have built a new computer, and it powers up, shows BIOS, everything seems to work, etc., but when I try to format my HDD with Windows, thats a different story. When I reach the 97% mark, it freezes(left it there for 20 minutes, no progress). My system specs are:

    nVidia nForce4 SLI x16 motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 2.2 GHz processor
    nVidia GeForce 6600 PCI-E x16
    LITE-ON 52x CD-ROM, 32x CD-RW, 16x DVD-ROM
    Samsung 3.5" floppy
    512 MB RAM
    Antec LifeStyle Sonata II case w/450w PSU
    Western Digital 120 GB Hard drive.

    To try to fix the problem, i tried:
    -restarting the formatting/partitioning/installation
    -loading nVidia nForce4 SATA bus and RAID drivers off the companion floppy disk.
    -Disabling HDD S.M.A.R.T in the BIOS
    -Going into the BIOS and setting optimized defaults, then changing them as needed.
    -removing floppy disk AFTER the drivers were loaded.
    -After resetting, deleted partition

    My questions are:
    What is going on at the 97% mark?
    How can I fix it?

    I also email eVga about my motherboard, and I will wait for a reply, and try their suggestion, if it doesnt work, ill do TS's

    Thank you,

  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Google and get memtest and test your ram for at least 8 passes!!!!
  3. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    never mind, I fixed it the fix was:

    Partition about 95% of drive, then format. It worked, all thanks to my dad :)

  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    That's actually a good idea.
  5. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Yes, he actually talked to a tech, but he really helped out....
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Hmmmm, does that mean the hard drive has a fault then?? If so then i would return it if it was a new one!!!!
  7. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    Well, i will attempt to format the last 7 GB of data. I'll keep you posted.
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