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HELP hung formating during XP full reinstall


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#1 Goldenvoice

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 12:59 PM

Compaq Presario 2100 P4 2.4G 60GHD 512R Acquired with linspire 4.5, COA for XP Home.
I've never used Linspire, and don't intend to start, so wish to go back to 'factory', then use the laptop for general use around the house...

Tried a simple install (is there such a thing? Only done this a couple times): deleted 2 partitions, but left the smaller 3rd because I was warned it contains software which allows the computer to run the CD-ROM, etc...

XP created a partition for it's install, and started into formating.

Ran for a short while, then hung at 15% formatted - it's been hung for an hour.

What next?
(and thanks for the help)
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 01:54 PM

I guess first question should be: to abort from where I'm at, can I simply turn the thing off?
(I'll have to head to work later today, and won't leave it on)

I'm brainstorming, and googling... This laptop was given to my daughter - she and I stared at and played very little with Linspire - then shelved it. This Christmas, she received a new laptop, which left this one to 'play' with...

My thinking is: the HD has a bad sector - previous owner installed Linspire on a fresh partition, and set to boot from there, leaving the original XP and bad sector mothballed.

Is this a likely scenario? I see after an 1.5 hours it's moved from 15% to 16% - still what I would consider a hang, as I don't believe this is at all normal.

To run a diagnostic on the HD, I would need to _______?
Remove covers, and see what brand drive it is, then download tools from drives manufacturers site? Could they be put on a flash drive, and loaded via USB?
(doesn't seem like it).

I do have dban disk from another project in fall of 2010, however, if I understand it, dban simply erases the drive, but does not scan it for errors.

And if I'm looking at a replacement drive on a budget? (as I can't see spending much on this aged laptop)

Edited by Goldenvoice, 18 February 2012 - 01:57 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:06 PM

The diagnostic tools can be ran from a CD-ROM Disk. What is the intended use of this computer?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 02:33 PM

Intended use? Besides a learning experience for myself, I may very well use it as a portable recording unit, or, if it's not up to that simple job, by wife has talked of wanting a laptop to use "writing a book" ;)

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:01 PM

I would recommend getting another hard drive if you can, and just reinstall XP on it.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:15 PM

OK, so I take that you're in agreement about the likelihood of a bad sector stalling format (I must be learning a bit of computers).
I see drives on eBay new for less than 50 clams - I'll lean that way.

The CD drive has also lost it's front plate, and flops around when opened, so I'll add one of those to the pile (so long as I can justify the gambles on the old rig).

***Whoa - what do I do with it now, as in today, as it's simply stuck? Can't turn it off - nothing happens - and unplugging it, of course, does nothing***

it's just on, with it's fan running strong...
(and up to 18% formatted)

Thanks :)

Edited by Goldenvoice, 18 February 2012 - 03:17 PM.


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Posted 18 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

let it continue the format then discard the drive.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:24 PM

Ten Four!

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:13 PM

Update: This morning, while giving the Compaq a once over, I discovered one of the 2 sticks of RAM was not properly seated. Could this have caused the above problems?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:23 PM

More then likely that will cause this issue.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:45 PM

OK. And since I bailed during the OS re-install, do I now have a HD in some weird condition, or do I just start it back up, and try again?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:53 PM

Just reformat it like new.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

Update: She's up and running without a glitch. A new Hard Drive - and a fresh OS disk set, and I'm happy - thanks for the help :)




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