Solved my computer is switching off during xp intallation from cd

June 13, 2012 at 23:47:12
Specs: xp skp 2
my 2 years old pc is not responding when am formatting it. sometimes it accepts os but when copying files or formatting the hd it switches off. what could be the problem though it gives ide error.

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June 14, 2012 at 00:03:04
sounds like HDD problem... or may be interface cable to HDD. Try to change cable; if not success - then try with another HDD.

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June 14, 2012 at 03:08:04
first scan it and then formate

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June 14, 2012 at 05:28:36
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Test First.
Run Memtest via a bootable CD to test your memory. Memory problems can effect a hard drive test so I prefer to do this first. No memory errors are acceptable. If errors, retest with one memory stick at a time. Replace as needed.
Run hard drive test via bootable CD. Use the hard drive test utility available from your hard drive's manufacturer or simple use Seatools from Seagate since it works on other hard drives as well. Small drive errors may be repairable by this software, but big errors or many small ones will require drive replacement.
Certainly test by replacing the signal cable to the hard drive and trying a different power plug from your power supply.
A new drive may very well be the answer, but make sure first.

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