Reformat troubles

By jodyb
May 21, 2010
  1. I'm trying to reformat and partition my hard drive. I use the win xp disc but when i get to start windows setup I hit ENTER and it won't go any further. HELP
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Booster Posts: 1,122

    How old is the hard drive? Was it working recently? Try a different XP disc or download and burn a Linux CD like Ubuntu and try that to see if it is the hard drive that is the problem. Also, is your bios set to boot from the cd drive?
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    If you boot to the XP disc, and then attempt to remove the exisiting partition, in order to install a new partition, and it cannot complete that task, either the Windows install CD is bad, or the hard drive is likely bad.
    If the drive is over 3 years old, it could be bad. If it is five years old, it is very likely that it is bad.
    The first clue is whether it can partition and format the drive...
    Luckily, hard drives are so very inexpensive now... not that every $40 to $50 purchase is not difficult for huge numbers of computer folks.
  4. jodyb

    jodyb TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Recovery froze up @ about 78% so it might be the hd
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