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keebs

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well everytime i try formating the computer it goes through and as soon as it hits 100 it says setup was unable to format the partition?? any ideas?
 
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You can download diagnostics from the drive manufacturer to rule out drive failure
 

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is this an old hard drive and are you formatting with a bootdisk or during the os install?

the hd may have died.
 

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im alittle confused on why it would die... xp was running fine but i decided to format because of spyware... could that suddenly happen?
 
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Well . . something happened to keep the format from completeing . . the disc diagnostics will rule out or confirm drive failure
 

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keebs said:
well everytime i try formating the computer it goes through and as soon as it hits 100 it says setup was unable to format the partition?? any ideas?
read your own words.

formatting is a tuff process on an old hd.

there are a lot of free protective programs out there, you don't say if you used them or any av protection, whether free or not.
 
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One other thought which is actually more common than a dying hard drive (but please remember most hard drives were guarantied for 3 years and you say yours is 4 years old), dirty Xp cd and failing cd drive. The cd drive can be perfect for everything else it does, but will not format or install Xp. And they are insexpensive and not great hardware in most cases.
 
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If you are trying to format C: from c:]\windows you will receive this kind of message. Put the XP cd in your cdrom and set your BIOS to boot from cdrom. This should solve the problem. That is assuming that you want to re-install Windows.

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