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Windows XP Formatting Hard Drive Issue/Question


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#1 dcpaq2

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 03:22 PM

Hello Group,

I am having issues with Windows XP trying to do a format on my hard drive and I cannot figure out what is causing this.

What is happening is when I go to do a full format on the drive, both the CD Rom drive and the hard drive will both start spinning really fast as they always have in the past, and then the progress indicator showing the format progress will appear, but what happens next is the issue im having. After about 15 to 30 seconds, the CD Rom drive and the hard drive will both slow down to practically nothing almost unresponsive and the hard drive led on the front will be lit continuously orange, and there wont be any progress of formatting. Now after numerous times of starting over and trying again, if i do get it to start formatting it will take over an hour just to get to 24%. I tried doing a quick format and it told me that the drive might be damaged but I had this drive in my Linksys EFG120 storage box and it worked fine and i used this drive earlier with DOS 6.22 and Windows XP in it and didnt have any issues, but all of a sudden now i do.

Does anyone know what might be wrong here to cause this, or any suggestions on what to check or look for? Maybe I have something not setup correctly?

Thank you for your time reading this,

Doug

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:44 PM

IMO, the obvious thing that a fairly wise person would do...would be to run a diagnostic on the hard drive.

A hard drive may or may give audible or recognizeable signals...when it has problems, that's why hard drive manufacturers develop these diagnostic programs/utilities.

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

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 12:51 AM

Oops made post to this for another issue I was having, sorry about that...

Doug

Edited by dcpaq2, 04 April 2009 - 12:53 AM.





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