Hd0 : disk write error

Dell Inspiron mini netbook with intel at...
July 14, 2011 at 01:26:56
Specs: Linux - Ubuntu, athom 1.6 / 1gb
hi all,
I have a netbook, dell ispiron with 8gb ssd only where i had installed ubuntu OS and no CD-driver...then I wanted to go back to XP (because I need to use some tools that works only on windows).I tried to install XP using a bootable flash-drive and i was not able to manage with the partitions created by ubuntu. Then I tried to format it or to eliminate partition with Gparted without any results. Then I try to reboot with ubuntu as usual and I have this error.

I cannot run the OS from my ssd. Does it mean my SSD is corrupted? Do I have to buy a new one??? Does exist any solution to made a check on my SSD?? is the boot.ini file corrupted?

I do not have any idea how to solve the problem.

thanks in advance
Ciro


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#1
July 14, 2011 at 05:33:58
You have to start from the beginning which means all partitions have to be deleted & new partitions created. If Gparted isn't working, find another boot disk.

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#2
July 14, 2011 at 05:42:30
ok....I am not able to delete all the partition.
If I try (i only used Gparted and windows install CD to do so) to do so then I have an error during the eliminatio of the partition.
Could you suggest me some other solution/software I can use in a bootable flash-drive?

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#3
July 14, 2011 at 06:55:40
That partitioning software doesn't determine if you can use the flash drive or not. Gparted should work. bootdisk.com might have something that you can use, if it doesn't.

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#4
July 14, 2011 at 12:58:32
You are supposed to use Windows xp setup application to delete and create partitions.

Your owners manual also may have a special way to return the system to xp. Read it for exact way to recover it to OEM state.

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#5
July 15, 2011 at 10:17:32
XP doesn't natively support SATA or SSD hard drives. You need to install the SATA driver at the start of XP setup or the drive won't be recognized. Generally, that means pressing F6 at the beginning of the installation then loading the drivers from a floppy, or creating a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it. I don't have a clue how it's done using a USB pen drive though. Google it up!

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#6
July 15, 2011 at 10:26:08
I will try all the solution and then I will tell you what works better...

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#7
July 15, 2011 at 13:04:18
nothing is written on my manual about that...some other solutions?

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#8
July 15, 2011 at 13:20:25
Almost all companies have some way to return the system. The only good place is the owners manual or maybe their web site. The CD from dell should have had all the drivers needed for that system.

Did it come with xp on it originally?

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#9
July 15, 2011 at 13:39:48
sure I have the installation cd, but I have an error trying to delete the old partition used by ubuntu...
I start to think my hdd is corrupted/broken...

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#10
July 15, 2011 at 18:47:50
What exactly does the error say? Is this a standard xp installation disk or is this a "Recovery" disk? A recovery disk may use some image program to try to return the system.

Some recovery disks have two ways to return or have two disks.Some will simply try to replace xp while the second may try to replace the entire disk along with applications.


If you suspect the disk then might test with ultimate boot cd. I rather doubt it is bad.

I'd be more inclined to think you have missed some step or are trying to delete the a recovery partition or something like that.

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#11
July 16, 2011 at 02:52:24
The last OS I had mounted was Ubuntu, so I cannot come back to XP (or at least I think so). If I try to eliminate the existing partition (which are the two created by ubuntu) WIndows Intaller says "impossible to delete the selected partition" or something like that since I have an italian version.

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#12
July 16, 2011 at 06:00:35
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

The latest version version of the ultimate boot CD should allow you to delete & recreate an NTFS partition. It doesn't matter if you had an Italian OS.

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#13
July 16, 2011 at 07:00:31
thank you Guapo.I downloaded ultimatebootcd, but there are too many tools inside it.which one should be useful for my scope?!?

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#14
July 16, 2011 at 14:11:40
I guess you didn't read the site. It says that Parted Magic is the tool for that.

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#15
July 17, 2011 at 03:42:09
I tried with parted magic either to delete and format the two partitions. In both case I receive a message error like:"input/output error during write on /deg/sda. Error fencing/closing/ deg/sda: input/output error"...

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#16
July 17, 2011 at 05:21:55
First of all, you mean /dev/sda not /deg. Secondly, you aren't trying to partition /sda, you want to partition /hd0.

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#17
July 17, 2011 at 10:04:48
You are wasting your time on using a third party tool to partition and format.

You need to read how your OEM expected you to recover it.

There is no use making a partition if xp can't see the hard drive.


By the way, hd(x) was replaced in almost all linux distros years ago. Only a very few special ones use that old method. Most refer to all storage media like hard drives and flash drives as scsi. That would mean you use the sd(x) selection. If you booted to a usb then it would be the sda and the hard drive would be another in the boot order chain. That chain order usually causes it to be sdb but could be sdc if your cd is in there. If you booted to sda and it was the cd then again it could be sdb.

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#18
July 17, 2011 at 16:36:37
My mistake. That's correct but any of those tools should be able to delete the current partitions & create at least a DOS partition, if not NTFS. Once that's done, XP will install.

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