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Reformatting Hard Drive


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#1 palindrome388

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 01:20 PM

I reformatted my hard drive because I was getting a SMART Hard Drive error when I started my computer. I divided my hard drive into c (600 mb), d (about 35000 mb), and e (about 35000 mb) drives. I did this because Windows wouldn't install on the first part of the drive (which I made into drive c). I tell Windows to install on drive d, but then a message comes up that says "drive c is corrupt, or not formatted properly", and that it needs to be formatted to install Windows. Obviously, (and I know that) drive c is corrupt, and it can't properly format it. Then I get a message that says "drive c is damaged or not properly connected. Setup cannot continue. Press F3 to quit."

Is there any way to fix this, or is my only option to buy an new hard drive or computer?

ps. Can I install Windows and run my computer off of an external hard drive?

thanks for your help!

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:00 PM

I reformatted my hard drive because I was getting a SMART Hard Drive error when I started my computer. I divided my hard drive into c (600 mb), d (about 35000 mb), and e (about 35000 mb) drives. I did this because Windows wouldn't install on the first part of the drive (which I made into drive c). I tell Windows to install on drive d, but then a message comes up that says "drive c is corrupt, or not formatted properly", and that it needs to be formatted to install Windows. Obviously, (and I know that) drive c is corrupt, and it can't properly format it. Then I get a message that says "drive c is damaged or not properly connected. Setup cannot continue. Press F3 to quit."

Is there any way to fix this, or is my only option to buy an new hard drive or computer?

ps. Can I install Windows and run my computer off of an external hard drive?

thanks for your help!

If you are getting Smart Errors it is telling you the drive is about to fail. Best to buy a new one. You can try running Chkdsk C: /r to correct the errors but it may not work.

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Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:04 PM

you erase your hard drive zero it and then do a reformat

download boot and nuke

http://dban.sourceforge.net/

burn it to cd and put in cd-rom it will detect the hard drive and start wiping it

Edited by mme, 21 August 2007 - 02:24 PM.


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Posted 21 August 2007 - 04:20 PM

It is possible to run Windows off of an external hard drive - but it's very difficult to do. I'd recommend a new, internal hard drive.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 12:52 AM

I would try doing a low level format of the hard drive and then try to reinstall Windows on it. You can use this free tool to do the low level format.
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 06:11 AM

Here's a link to an article that will tell you what SMART is trying to say: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-Monitori...ting_Technology

Basically, SMART is a technology that predicts hard drive failure. If money is tight you can try and reuse the drive - but be prepared for it to fail without any further notice (backup your stuff all the time).
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 07:14 PM

Thanks for your help so far. I'm currently running the Nuke and Boot software. Hopefully it helps!




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