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Formatting Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by computercare, Feb 11, 2002.

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  1. computercare

    computercare Thread Starter

    Sep 27, 2001
    I am reformatting my hard drive and I am getting this message:
    Formatting Hard Drive 1,218.62M
    Trying to recover allocation unit (with a number that is counting up), (ex 190,160 and counting up).

    Is this something that is necessary? How long will it take? I want to load WIN95 onto the hard drive, so any help would be a big help.:confused:
  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    It sounds like you have some bad areas on the hard drive.....it could take quite a while to reach the end, depending on how many errors are found.

    If the drive is pretty old, you might think about replacing it.

    There's also utilities on the manufacturer's websites you can download that will test it for you.
  3. codejockey


    Feb 11, 2002
    I'd suggest a low-level reformat of the drive first. You probably will have to use a utility from the manufacturer in order to do this; check their website for availability of the latest version. Maxtor, for example, provides free drive diagnostic and preparation utilities for their drives on their website. Once the low-level format is complete, try verifying the drive integrity using the manufacturer's utility. If the drive has hardware problems, they should show up during verification. Note that bad sectors can often be mapped and the drive will still be fully functional. If the drive passes verification, you should be able to format it (format C:/s ) without problems.

    Hope this helps -- good luck.
  4. p5mmx10g


    Oct 6, 2001
    stop wasting time on this old defeated hd, get a new one
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