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reformatting taking days??? HELP!!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by boing, Sep 19, 2003.

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  1. boing

    boing Thread Starter

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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?
     
  3. boing

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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?????
     
  5. ~Candy~

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

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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% .
     
  7. ~Candy~

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    Not looking or sounding good. I'd do the drive diagnostic program as mentioned above ;)
     
  8. 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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