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Reformatting XP Pro

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kookyzzang, Nov 9, 2005.

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  1. kookyzzang

    kookyzzang Thread Starter

    Nov 9, 2005

    I'm new here so I'm not sure if I'm posting in the right place, but anyway...a few weeks ago I tried reformatting my computer because the program stopped functioning. However, I had to cancel in the middle of the setup. Therefore, every time I try to reformat the computer, an error message comes up saying that there's a fatal error and that the computer will reboot. How can I start my rebooting from scratch? Is there a way to get rid of this fatal error? Thank you so much for reading!
  2. Brend


    Jul 5, 2005
    If you had to cancel a format its entirely possible its just created a bad sector. Take alook at your HD, see what brand it is. Then go to that companies site, seagate maxtor or whatever. There you will be able to download tools, usualy in the form of a floppy disk or bootable cd image.

    burn and boot from this disk, then use the option to perform either a 0 fill drive, or a low level format. That will completly wipe the disk clean, back to factory shipped. The tools usually have a option to perform checks on the drive, i would suggest doing this after the low lvl format, just to double check that the drive is ok.

    After this, try installing win as usual, will need to repartition the drive and format, FULL format. That SHOULD work, let me know though :)
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