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Problem reinstalling Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by barcar1, Jul 25, 2006.

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  1. barcar1

    barcar1 Thread Starter

    Nov 3, 2005
    My hard drive crashed last week leaving a message on a black screen 'disk read error'.

    I contacted tech support and they said that the hard drive might be bad and that I should try reformating it with the Windows XP disk.

    I tried reinstalling Win XP. The first time I reformated the disk, it took several hours, but the program would not install. The second time, it also took several hours and I got a complex message about some problems. A short version of the highlights of the info is included below.


    Technical info:

    STOP: 0x0000007A (0xE10226D4, 0xC000009C, 0xBF9A5046, 0x02CE8860)

    Physical memory dumped.

    I have two questions: Should I simply try one more time to reinstall Win XP?
    Is it possible to reformat the hard drive in DOS mode resulting in any bad sectors being isolated as unusable but the rest of the drive space being formated as usable?

    sorry this is so confusing. Hope it makes sense to someone...


    Computer: Dell Dimension 4400
  2. Mulderator


    Feb 20, 1999
    Disconnect everything in your computer except the CD-ROM the hard drive and the video card (i.e., disconnect the other drives and or devices and take out any add in cards). Try installing again, but don't format the drive or use quick format.
  3. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    I's suggest before you spend any more time on what sounds like a failing hard drive, you download the Dell Diagnostics and rule out drive failure
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