XP fails after quick format

March 18, 2011 at 16:38:02
Specs: Windows 7
Installed Desk Star 320mb HD in my Dell 4400, trying to install Windows XP Pro SP2. Goes to format and tells me my disk is bad. Used on another PC and it works fine.

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March 18, 2011 at 16:54:21
Deskstar. Sometimes called deathstar.

Download and run a hard drive diagnostic tool from the drive maker.

While you are at it also download and run Memtest86 to check the ram. Install problems with XP are often caused by flakey ram.

These diagnostic tools run from either bootable floppy or CD.

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March 18, 2011 at 17:56:49
"XP fails after quick format"

Delete all Partitions, then do a NORMAL NTFS format.

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March 18, 2011 at 19:45:03
I ran my hitachi disk repair for 5 hours today and it found no errors. I used it to wipe the drive just in case there was a bad MBR. In the summary of that program is showed that the disk was "locked" with no option to unlock it.

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March 18, 2011 at 20:28:42
You can lock and unlock a hard-drive from the A:\>_ prompt in REAL mode DOS?

LOCK sets it in a DOS compatibility mode so disktools can directly access the drive.

UNLOCK unlocks it.

For instance

You have a problem when it says unlock failed...or you are running DOS from a dosbox.
You don't do disk jobs like that in protected mode... THAT's a NO-NO (you should not run fdisk in a dosbox...)

In case you did not know, FORMAT needs to lock a drive to be able to format it.
After formatting a hard drive in DOS, you must reboot.

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March 19, 2011 at 05:29:35
Thank you all for your help. I've tried all the ideas given with no avail. Could it possibly be my motherboard?

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March 19, 2011 at 07:20:00
"Could it possibly be my motherboard?"
More likely to be in the bios, google your motherboard to see if it will handle the 320mb HD. Probably needs some special attention.

This will give you your MB model.

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