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Old 01-04-2004, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy New HD cant format and install OS

Hi all,

I bought a new 80 GIG HD, I formatted the drive, it then said “coping Files” that is when it gets stick at 76%. I then rebooted and when I started it back up I got a missing file error. I went into the bios and had it boot off of the CD rom this took care of the error, I then divided the drive into two partitions one was C: and the other one did not have a drive associated with it, so I tempted to reformat and it did the same thing. I then rebooted and cleared the partitions and tried to bypass the format stage and it said it was coping files and it got stuck on 10%. I then tried again and it got stuck on 100% coping files. I can’t get past this part do yall think my new HD is bad? Any help will be great

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Old 01-05-2004, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be the drive. Before an assumption is made that the drive is bad, you should do your best to make a distinction of where the problem really is. Try another install CD for the same operating system. Or try a different OS all together....just to test the integrity of the drive.


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Old 01-05-2004, 09:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You can download a diagnostic program from the manufacturer that will tell you if the drive is bad or not.

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Old 01-05-2004, 10:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will try both and let ya know the outcome
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Old 01-05-2004, 01:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i bet you are trying to install winXP or win2k right? older manufactuered cd-rom drives and many older memory configurations have problems when installing. use a newer manufactuered cd-rom to test and use 1 stick of memory in bank zero. it could also be your memory brand that the OS is rejecting.
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