Can't Format Hard Drive

Dell / DIMENSION 2400
January 30, 2009 at 15:45:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.392 GHz / 510 MB
I have a Windows 98SE computer. I am upgrading it to Windows 2000. When I try to format the computer, it gets to 74% done and then hangs. I have tried running KILLDISK free, same story. It hangs on 74%. This is after I have tried to convert the hard drive from FAT32 to NTFS, where it also hanged and I had to turn the computer off. Any ideas? There is one thing that I haven't tried yet and that is to put it as a slave drive in another computer and format the drive in Windows. Will this work?

Thanks!

Will
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#1
January 30, 2009 at 15:52:39
Are you formatting it from outside Windows itself ? That is, are you booting to a disk to do the formatting ?

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#2
January 30, 2009 at 16:01:08
What tool are you using to format?

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#3
January 30, 2009 at 16:03:17
I am using the Windows 2000 Disk to format the drive. After that failed, I am using KILLDISK Free which is booted from a floppy disk.

Will
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#4
January 30, 2009 at 16:09:09
Is the disk a SATA drive? What SP is integrated into your Win2000 CD?

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#5
January 30, 2009 at 16:52:40
No service pack is integrated into the CD. It is, however, 200 Professional. The hard drive is an IDE 20GB Western Digital hard drive.

Thanks for responding so quickly!

Will
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#6
January 30, 2009 at 18:42:02
I just put the hard drive as a slave in another computer and formatted it that way through Windows. When I try to install Windows 2000, I just "leave the current partition in tact (No Changes)" and it lets me install it, but it doesn't if I try to format outside of Windows (KillDisk, Acronis, Windows Partition Manager (On the Windows CD). I don't know what went wrong but it works now. Thanks!

Will
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