Trying/failing to partition C drive

Hewlett-packard Hp xw8400 winxp 2.66ghz...
February 13, 2010 at 22:08:16
Specs: Windows XP

I just recently had a nasty crash that required a full format of my C drive (I've always been able to save my D drive).

Everything reinstalled fine, as usual. A few days passed. While installing Service Pack 3 today, my computer froze on the reboot after installation, black screen on startup. I restarted and it got to windows, but just my background,no icons, no response to ctrl-alt-del or mouse or windows key, nothing.

Decided to try to format C drive again,and reinstall xp again. Got lots of errors in recovery console,and was finally faced with deleting the partition, which was supposedly corrupted (?). I only asked to delete the C drive partition, but both got wiped.

i try to install xp, it tells me to create a new partition. There is 160gb of free space. But when
I try to create it, I press "C" as instructed,but it just reverts back to the previous screen, showing no new partitions, just the unallocated space.

Is my harddrive cooked?
Is that D drive gone for good? (Im afraid I know that answer)

What next?

PS Please ignore the HP info, I didnt mean to put that. This box is self-built.

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February 13, 2010 at 22:09:42
also plz forgive my disjointed message, not used to using these stubby fingers on a laptop with a sticky space bar lol

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February 14, 2010 at 02:46:11
Yeah, I think you know the answer as to the D: drive.

Sounds like a failing HD. But before you condemn it, reseat all cables and memory sticks. And run something like MEMTEST.

good luck

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February 14, 2010 at 05:38:53
mmm - doth not sound good... At this stage I'd be very concerned about any data that "might" be on the drive (d: )?

Presuming there is "stuff" there and you wish to preserve it... boot with a Knoppix/Ubuntu disk and transfer it all to optical-media; and verify the copies are accessible elsewhere too...

Then I guess you invest in a new HD - for safety sake at least... They don't cost so much there days?

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February 14, 2010 at 06:18:14
Roger that, thanks for the info yall.
I think I might outsource this one to the local repair guy, hope he
has some high end software to recover some stuff for me. Then
yes, off to Fry's for a new HD

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February 14, 2010 at 06:33:44
You can do it yourself with no problems or risks...

Knoppix/Ubuntu are out there for free... go to the respective web-site and download the .siso which then burn to a DVD. Boot with that DVD. The OS will run within RAM only - HD is merely a resource to that RAM based OS and thus you're able to access the drive as is; able to access anything that's on it and accessible etc. Thus can copy to opticals...?

Both are (Linux variants) freebies...; very useful items to have at all times...

Has this drive ever made any unusal noises etc; clicking, squeaking even?

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February 14, 2010 at 06:45:01
It could have been that there was a virus on your D drive, and when you re-install the OS, it may be preceded by a FORMAT, but only on C ... leaving all viruses happy on the other drive, be it a physical or a virtual drive.

When using physical drives, you have the option to physically disable that drive (in case of issues). Because, once you format the C drive, you thrown away the OS, but you also break ANY link that may have existed, on the D drive, towards the "old" OS (on the C drive). Therefor, from moment of format C, all other drives readable from the OS that will be writable from either the old or the new OS, revert to a pure data storage feature. Therefor, you can disconnect that drive ... if it is a physical one. If it is a virtual one (partition) you rest your luck in the partition software. And let this one be the one that destroyed your D drive.

I never liked partitions, and I never will. Think about this, before chosing this kind of setup. Partitions make data more vulnerable, and the above is just one way it can do.

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February 14, 2010 at 07:04:53
Great info everyone thanks again.
Will try the Ubuntu option myself and report back with results.

Also, no the Hard Drive has never made any odd noises, and is
relatively new (maybe 2 yrs old).

Will report back around noon, thank you thank you thank you

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February 14, 2010 at 08:59:30
Incidentally with the Knoppix/Ubuntu boot up you can also go on-line and run a full freebie scan to check the drive as is - for anything it can find...

There are a couple usually recomended; avg and trend housecall.

I favour/prefer trend. and look for Housecall.

It will download a few files it needs to run but that's all. When it's finished scanning and if by chance it's deposited anything into a quarantine area on the drive.... then delete the contents there. Otherwise it's likely it will simply destroy anything nasty it finds... and leave the system clean... If you want to be really sure... the afterwards run the avg freebie too; although I have generally found Trend does all I need;. But then I also run a locally install util (avast - - free/home version) as matter of course; the Trend Housecall is just a monthly double check. This as no single util will guarantee to find everything every time; but will find them all in due course. Often one util will find something another has missed initially - but they all do keep more or less in step overall with one another....

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February 14, 2010 at 21:30:22
So I have Ubuntu installed but am slowly wading my way
through it...a new experience to say the least.

I ran TestDisk, and it actually found a partition labeled
"STORAGE", which just so happens to be what I named my
D drive when I originally partitioned the drive.

Thats about as far as I got...
Exhaustive research would suggest that I need another, separate drive, at least as large as the damaged one which I
can transfer data to (hopefully)?

Any advice? I feel a tiny sliver of hope, but I'll believe it when I
see it.

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February 15, 2010 at 14:22:45
Bump,hoping to avoid Geek Squad!

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