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Help W/ Harddrive!!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by muchichi, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. muchichi

    muchichi Thread Starter

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    I was trying to install Ubuntu Studios on my computer but before i did that i installed Ubuntu Linux Feisty Server (v. 7.04). I installed the server over the entire harddrive so it erased Windows XP because i had intended for Ubuntu Studios to work. At the command line it kept saying that it could not find ubuntu-desktop. so i planned to uninstall Ubuntu Server and reinstall Windows XP. So i put in the Windows XP but it registered that it could not install it until the harddrive was wiped so that it was blank and ubuntu server was gone. So i put the ubuntu server cd back in and tried to delete the harddrive. Now whenever i boot the computer the server doesn't pop up but says:

    "GRUB Loading stage 1.5.

    GRUB loading, please wait...
    Error 15
    _"

    the "_" blinks on and off.

    So now i tried to form a bootable iso cd of Killdisk but it loads on a black screen saying:

    "Loading FreeDOS...
    ROOT."

    then the "ROOT" part blinks on and off as if trying to load but since i waited for an hour for the bootable Killdisk to pop up, it never did. I thought i might not have a DOS but apparently i do. I tried to form a bootable floppy of Killdisk but it does the same thing. I just need to know how i should erase the harddrive in a easy and simple way.
     
  2. dustyjay

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    Using your WinXP disc can you repartition and reformat your drive? What is the drive Manufacturer and Model?
     
  3. griffinspc

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    You can go here and download and create a floppy boot disk that will allow you to FDISK and format the drive. I always use the easier and quicker Win98 essential at the bottom of this page. http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml
     
  4. muchichi

    muchichi Thread Starter

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    okay i downloaded the Partition Recovery Boot Disk file onto a MS-DOS formated bootable floppy and put it in my comp and it says:

    "Disk I/O error
    Replace the disk, and then press any key
    _"

    any ideas?
     
  5. muchichi

    muchichi Thread Starter

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    um its a Seagate 120 GB internal Hard Drive upgrade kit
    on the box it says

    Ultra ATA/100
    7200 RPM
    8MB Cache 3.5-inch Drive
    PC or MAC

    i have a Dell Pc so...
     
  6. muchichi

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    i also just tried the segate upgrade kit installation drivers cd and it reformatted the hard drive so thanks
     
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