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Old 10-10-2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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After having a ton of issues with Windows over the past few days, I decided to just give up, reformat my hard drive, and reinstall XP.

Unfortunately, my hard drive won't reformat. Using the Windows XP CD, I first tried to do a full reformat, but it would stop at 15% and not move. So I then restarted and tried to do the Quick Reformat - it went to 20%, jumped to 100%, and then gave me the message "Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged."

I can't afford a new hard drive at the moment (or any other equipment), and my warranty ran out 2 months ago. Right now the hard drive, and thus the computer, is completely useless. I am downloading the Ultimate Boot CD, but am not even sure what to run on that because Toshiba doesn't have its own diagnostic utility.

Any help at all would be greatly, greatly appreciated.



Here are my specs:
Dell Laptop (Latitude D620)
Hard Drive: toshiba disk drive mk1254gsyf
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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The issue surely is the drive being corrupted. The only thing that I could think of (and I certainly don't recommend it) is to try creating a partition size that is smaller than the disk size and see how it goes. For example if you have a 160GB drive, try creating a 30GB partition to install windows and see if allow the format to complete. I'd go smaller and smaller until it works. That's really the ONLY option that I can see short of getting a new drive.
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Get and run the Harddrive utility from here:
https://www.techsupportforum.com/f234...es-302602.html

It sounds like you will have to replace the Harddrive
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