Originally posted by nitestick
i would say the drive is shot if following a format you receive this error. format again and make sure it is a full format. take the time to run a surface test as well.
I did the full format and tried to install XP several times. A few times I got the BSOD in which it told me that a HD was not detected or there were problems with it along with other cryptic stuff I don't understand. Other times it would seem as if it was going to install but get almost to the last part where it says "installing start menu items" and reboot right back to the Windows setup screen and start the install process all over again. After re-formatting several times chkdsk would still say "one or more unrecoverable errors".
Is there a way to scan the disk surface from C:\ in the recovery process or would putting it in my machine as a second hard drive and running scandisk be the best option?