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18-Mar-2011, 06:22 PM #1
Hard Drive won't install Operating System

I am new to this forum so sorry if I post anything dodgy. I will also try to be as clear as I can

I have recently come into the possession of a Dell Dimension 3000 as it is a friends who is wanting some help.

When I received the desktop I found that they had been using Wintenals ERD 2005 as there OS. I therefore started by trying to install windows xp on the HDD. When I did so the initial setup went fine until it asks me to partition my HDD as the format is not accepted for windows xp. However when I put in an amount to partition the hard drive the screen just reverts back to the screen showing the unpartitioned space. This is the same for any number that I enter.
I then decided to try ubuntu seeing as it is free and is relatively easy to install. however when I tried this it comes up with an error saying that it is unable to create the ext4 partition #1 or something (sorry I will try and get the exact statement)

I am not sure if the issue is me being stupid or if the hard drive is dead or something weird but if any of you lovely people could help then I would greatly appreciate it
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19-Mar-2011, 05:48 AM #2
have you tried to put it in another computer as a slave drive then format it?
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19-Mar-2011, 06:07 AM #3
First try to revert to factory settings using the hidden partition, if it's still there. On bootup press Ctrl + F11. If not then go with above advice.
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19-Mar-2011, 07:00 AM #4
Apply factory Setting if then not work properly then open and put in other PC and format.
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19-Mar-2011, 08:51 AM #5
Firstly wow! Thank you for the prompt replies. Now down to business. Sorry I may sound like a complete simpleton but how do I revert it back to its factory settings? and secondly where is the hidden partition?
Other than that thank you, you guys are great!
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