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Solved: Can't format Hard Drive - stops at 73%. What the?!!?

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  1. awa13

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    Holy *&^%, I am officially past aggravated. I needed to reformat an internal hard drive on a Gateway Laptop 7322GZ, 60GB drive. I am using a Windows XP Pro Upgrade CD (along with a full version of Windows 98SE for verification) and I deleted all partitions and set it to format the entire disk. Did not select quick format NTFS, just regular Format NTFS.

    The drive used to have Windows XP Home on it. The boot.ini and many other operating system files were badly damaged or corrupt, so I had no choice other than to set it up as a slave drive and retrieve all of the data, then go for a full format and reinstall of OS. Now I am stuck here at my 2nd attempt at reformatting this drive and it will not format past 73%!!

    I Googled and read about this happening (yes, at exactly 73%), but only on 160GB hard drive by Seagate and the solution was based solely on Vista 4 users. Yes, I searched and searched, but only found that exact entry/problem. (or maybe it was 260GB - I dunno).

    So, what's going on and what is the easiest way to fix - or is the drive bad, or???

    This is ridiculous .. really ..

    Please, if anyone can assist soon I would really, really be grateful.
     
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    It's fujitsu. Did you know that was taken over by Toshiba?

    Thanks, I'll check and see if that diagnostic program is on their new site.
     
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    Found it - I'll give it a try. Thanks.
     
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    Never tested drive with that diagnostic tool. Instead I set it up as a slave drive and plugged it into another computer with windows. When the drive appeared I was able to format it from there. Then I reinstalled it back into the computer it came from and installed Windows XP Pro. For some reason the format did not remove the old operating system, so I deleted old partitions, created a new one, attempted to install new OS. Took 4 tries before it overwrote old OS with the new one and all is fine now.

    Thank you for reading my post and your assistance. It is greatly appreciated. :)
     
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    I would not trust that drive with any data I cherished
     
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    seconded and carried. That thing doesn't want to play nice at all.
     
  8. awa13

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    I know, I know - I agree. <sigh>
     
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    piece of advice; get an external drive and back up weekly. I keep nothing in the my docs folder. I have a folder off of the root called 'valis' and in there I have my hierarchy of folders. I keep the external drive at work (WD 1 tb w/enclosure; dirt cheap these days, and as I have a ton of music and movies, I actually use about 3/4 of that space) and every monday night I take it home and using MS's synchtoy synch the two folders, then take it back to work and lock it up.

    Work blows up, got my data at home. Home blows up, vice versa.

    Both blow up, I'm probably not going to care, as I am usually at one or the other. :D
     
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