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Old 06-23-2009, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay so my friends hard drive just failed and so I'm doing a reinstall of Windows XP and when I boot up with xp and try to format the drive it says

An error occured while setup was updating partition information

When I try to delete the hard drive it says

This partition cannot be deleted then it takes me back to the drive list then BSOD
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like exactly what the title says... hard drive failure. I'm not sure what else that would be.
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So pretty much the only thing to do is replace it? No way of reformatting?
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No. There is no way to format a damaged drive. The read/write heads could have failed and if that is the case nothing can save the drive.
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Alright well, it was expected really... thanks!
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