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HDD broken after formatting

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Callum_Dawson, Dec 3, 2011.

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  1. Callum_Dawson

    Callum_Dawson Thread Starter

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    I just installed WS08 on a laptop, for testing purposes. Before doing so, I split the HDD into 2 partitions; one for the OS, and another for data.

    When the OS was operational, it said DATA (D drive) needed to be formatted. So I formatted it, and as it finished, the system rebooted and ever since has failed to load Windows.

    I then went onto the boot disk, erased all data on the HDD, and tried to reinstall the OS. After 5 minutes, the OS installation returns an error regarding the HDD, and goes to the start again.
     
  2. Triple6

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    What brand is the hard drive? Have you run the full diagnostics from the manufacturer of the drive to check its state?
     
  3. pip22

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    "the OS installation returns an error regarding the HDD, and goes to the start again."

    Please post the actual wording of the error message. Simply stating that it "returns an error" is not much help.
     
  4. Callum_Dawson

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    Windows could not format a partition on disk0. The error occured while preparing the partition selected for installation. Error code: 0x80070057
     
  5. Elvandil

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    Did you get recovery disks with your system or did you have a (hidden) recovery partition on your hard drive instead as a substitute for the recovery disks?

    Were only 2 partitions listed in setup when you had to choose where to install?

    Di you have any problems with the machine before you started this project?

    Was the D: drive the size you expected it to be (drive letters change depending what is looking at them and cannot be used to identify partitions)?

    At this point, you should run diagnostics on RAM and the hard drive. If you hav built-in diagnostics, use that. Otherwise, there is a drive test at the drive manufacturer's site and try the memtest boot disk:

    Memtest86

    If you have enough memory sticks, you can test them by removing one at a time and see if the problem disappears.

    If you are running Vista or 7, tap F8 on boot and choose the memory diagnostic, or if you can boot up, go to Start > Search and type:

    mdsched.exe

    Choose to run a memory diagnostic on next boot. Or, you can boot from the DVD and run it from there.
     
  6. Callum_Dawson

    Callum_Dawson Thread Starter

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    I can't seem to use the recovery disk nor the Windows disk. The disks get past the loading bar, but then it 'freezes' with a cursor and the background colour. The mouse is movable, but nothing ever appears. I've left it loading for hours.

    For the record, it's an Acer TravelMate 5330.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    Test your memory.
     
  8. Callum_Dawson

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    My friend said I should test the boot sector, using Hiren's Boot CD (which scans for various hardware problems). I'll try it tomorrow, and post any results.
     
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