Hard Drive Formatting slow

Toshiba Mk3017gap 30gb hard drive
August 13, 2009 at 17:27:17
Specs: Windows XP
Alright, so my father had a Dell Latitude C640 with Windows XP Prof. and he dropped it a year or two ago. It ended up sluggish and ultimately crashed. A little while back I salvaged a Mac HD from a iBook with a bad CPU. I put that in the Latitude and BIOS reads it as 30007 Megabytes, and I put in the XP Prof. with Service Pack 3, and in minutes reached 2%, and stopped. The drive spins and makes reading sounds, but also some sounds like a watch spring. It has been, as of this post, about half an hour. I am formatting the internal drive. Also, is there a way of opting out to check if the drive crashed?
It is a 30GB drive, I'm not sure of the make.

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#1
August 13, 2009 at 17:32:34
Perhaps go into the recovery console first, do a format, and then a check disk to verify it is OK. If all is good, reboot and run the install.

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#2
August 13, 2009 at 17:33:41
Eh? I can't get to a recovery console; I'm stuck at the Windows XP Professional Setup.

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#3
August 13, 2009 at 17:36:49
Oh, I accidently bumped into my DVD drive and opened the drive, at the same time it advanced to 3%...

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#4
August 13, 2009 at 20:00:16
"Eh? I can't get to a recovery console; I'm stuck at the Windows XP Professional Setup."

Well cancel the setup and then go into the recovery console.

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#5
August 13, 2009 at 20:18:14
There is no cancel option.

It's now at 12%, and made a loud CCCC- and a screeching sounds as I post...


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#6
August 13, 2009 at 20:21:11
Sounds like the heads just crashed :s

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