Hard drive formatting stuck at 19%

September 30, 2010 at 22:37:23
Specs: Windows XP
The PC is around 7 years old, and I cannot boot up the Windows XP on it anymore - and so, I thought I could reinstall Windows XP, after formatting my hard drive. However, during formatting it stopped at 2% for a long time (minutes), then it continued and got stuck at 19% - in which after about 2 hours it did not budge any higher...
Is there a reliable hard drive formatting program, which could re-format my hard drive???

Or are there any other options available to me?


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September 30, 2010 at 23:11:18
To get your HD really clean, use both of these, they are instant ( no waiting ) start with Zap 1st & WIPE OUT immediately after. Both can go on your boot disk ( you can use a W95,98 or ME boot disk, either floppy or put the files on a boot cd ) Set your bios to boot from floppy or cd 1st. Only safe way to clean up the HD, is to do it on it's own, in other words no other HD connected to the cable or motherboard.

1: Put the boot floppy or cd in the drive & start or restart the comp.
2: Type > zap 1 & press > Enter.
3: Type > wipeout c: /nq /np & press > Enter
4: Remove boot floppy or cd, insert XP ( or whatever operating system you want to install ) cd & reboot, format & partition ( recommend NTFS ) as required.



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September 30, 2010 at 23:13:21
I suspect your drive is failing with bad sectors which would explain your booting problems as well as inability to complete the format.

Do you know what brand of harddrive it is? Download a harddrive diagnostic tool from the drive manufacturer. It runs on a bootable floppy or CD. That will tell you if the drive can be salvaged.

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