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XP reformat problems

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tjobbe, Oct 2, 2003.

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  1. Tjobbe

    Tjobbe Thread Starter

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    hi everyone,

    tried reformatting my xp pc last night to do a fresh install.

    everything wentok up to the point where you have to restart after formatting using the ntfs method, when it restarts it gives the "NTDETECT failed" message and restarts, and does it again and again.

    I'm no computer whizz and this has really screwed things upfor me.. not a happy chappy :mad: so if anyone out there can help me i would be more than greatfull :)

    Thanks

    Tjobbe
     
  2. Squashman

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    Have you tried starting over from scratch again. Delete the partitions and recreate them and reformat again.

    Did you create the partitions with the Setup disks or another utility.
     
  3. Tjobbe

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    not once but four times!

    I've reformatted before no problems so this strikes me as weird..
     
  4. Squashman

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    Just want to clarify....did you delete and recreate the partition or just reformat.
     
  5. Tjobbe

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    stuck the xp installation disk into the drive, restarted, had the nlue screen with the options of "repair" and "install" i selected install and then deleted the partition, by pressing l and then enter, after this i selected "ntfs quick format", thats when it restarts, well, after it says "copying files to installation folders".

    hope this helps..
     
  6. Squashman

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    Dont do the Quick format!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  7. Tjobbe

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    i di actually do the normal one as well, in the first instance and thats when it went all wrong..
     
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    just tried normal format and got the same error. checking that link now, thanks..
     
  10. Tjobbe

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    the link above is exactly what i did, but of course after the restart i get the ntdetect failed error message..

    will try a different disk that didnt come with mycomputer now..
     
  11. mobo

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    Is the xp loaded on the first sector of the hard drive. Did you delete all partitions during the install ?

    Do you have multiple hard drives installed ? And is the drive set as master ?
     
  12. Tjobbe

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    "Is the xp loaded on the first sector of the hard drive." not sure what you mean by that, sorry!

    "Did you delete all partitions during the install ?"

    Yep.
    as per the link above that lwdsquashman gave me.

    "Do you have multiple hard drives installed ? And is the drive set as master ?"

    in order: no and yes.

    I'm using a disk that a friend gave me, hope ive got the serial for it somewhere *hint*! its windowsXP professional edition

    hope this helps?


    Tjobbe
     
  13. mobo

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    Are you leaving in the cdrom as it reboots? I know it a silly question but sometimes you just have to ask..
     
  14. Tjobbe

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    yes i am, it doesnt say to remove the cd, it does say to remove any floppy disks but not cds..
     
  15. mobo

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    I have only seen this from a running system and you can get it to boot from creating a boot disk from here . It may be worth a try if you have access to an xp system. In addition have you had any previous trouboles with your gard drive ?
     
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