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#1 GlennCoco

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:22 PM

So my in-laws have been having some really strange problems with their computer, like multiple viruses. They've had it a few years and have never kept it updated or anything. They gave it to me to see if I could fix it.

I decided it would just be easiest to wipe the thing and reinstall Windows. So I insert and boot from the disc, and it is coming up with this error message:

STOP: c0000221 Unknown Hard Error
\SystemRoot\System32\ntdll.dll

I've reinstalled Windows probably a dozen times on various computers, and this has never happened to me before. I don't know what to do.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:29 PM

"Reinstall"...does that mean it's a clean install where you have deleted all previously existing XP install partitions?

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:31 PM

"Reinstall"...does that mean it's a clean install where you have deleted all previously existing XP install partitions?

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That's what I was trying to do. It won't get that far. It looks like it wants to do that, but then eventually just stops and throws that error.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:33 PM

It might be worthwhile to run a diagnostic on the hard drive, in that case.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

If a long and short test is offered...do the long.

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:37 PM

It might be worthwhile to run a diagnostic on the hard drive, in that case.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

If a long and short test is offered...do the long.

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Well, I might have to do that I guess. I just tried again, and it looked like it got farther this time, I have deleted all of the partitions. I've created a new partition. When I go to format to install, it asks if I want to format quick or regular. No matter which I choose, it says:

Setup was unable to format the partition. The disk may be damaged.

Make sure the drive is switched on and properly connected...

...

You must select a different partition for Windows XP.
To continue, press ENTER.



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Posted 18 December 2008 - 09:45 PM

I'm not sure what to use. The computer has a Maxtor drive, which appears to have been acquired by Seagate. However, if I am reading correctly, the SeaTools on the Seagate website appears to run in Windows, which is no longer installed on that computer.

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 01:23 AM

There is a version called Seatools for DOS. You can create a floppy or a CD, which you can
boot from. Of course you need access to a working machine to do so.

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 12:30 PM

I had the same problem when trying to re-install XP Home on a customer system. ASUS Mobo P4C800E rev2.00.

I changed the BIOS for the hard drive from SCSI to IDE and I was able to install XP as normal.

I hope it works for others as it is a PITA (pain in the arse) if it doesn't.

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Edited by hujorgen, 24 March 2010 - 01:18 PM.





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