reformatting taking days??? HELP!!

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I started doing a complete restore with reformatting the hard drive and 30 hours have gone by and it says its at 18 percent.
I am reformatting a HP desktop with 40g hd. I used the restore disk but it shouldn't be taking this long right? At this rate it will take over 5 days. Can somebody please help me.. I currently don't have access to that computer unless somebody tells me to stop and do something different.
 

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It shouldn't take more than an hour or two to format. Stop it and try it again. Use FDISK to delete all Partitions and create a new partition, reboot and type Format C: - you'll need a bootdisk - if you don't have with those two things try one fron www.bootdisk.com - the HP CD has its won utilities or may use FDISK/Format, so try something else.

You may also want to download the diagnostic utility from the harddrive manufacturer(ie Maxtor, IBM, etc) and test the drive.

Also, was there a specific problem that made you reformat, or just wanted to start fresh?
 

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Because my computer was moving very slow.... I added a 64 megs of ram to the 128 that I already had. After I added the ram there was no change so I just decided to restore to factory. Thanks triple 6.... I'll try restarting ... I do have the restore disk and pretty sure it does the FDISC because it gives me the option to do a complete reformat. I'll let you know here pretty soon.
 

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ok.... I did a cold start with the recovery disk in and this time, like before, I chose to do a complete reformat. It said recording current bad clusters and completed.. it then went to verifying to recover allocation unit and got up to 471. right now the monitor has : "37,873" "verifying 29,309.73m . Is this good?????
 

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Is it moving along at a good speed? Does it keep finding more problems?
 

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with the time that has gone by.. I'd say half an hour or so... it's at
4 % . it appears in dos and the "trying to recover allocation unit" goes away and is replaced with the 4% .
 

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Not looking or sounding good. I'd do the drive diagnostic program as mentioned above ;)
 

boing

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omg, I didn't see it before..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY AcaCandy!!!!

Even though I'm sobbing half to death.. I'm looking for
the diagnostic utility right now. ANY thing else that might
help???? Thanks Peeps!!!!
 

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Go to Maxtor's website and download theirs....it is supposed to work on any drive.

Thanks for the BD wishes ;)
 
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