I am trying to reformat my brothers acer laptop and it is proving difficult. I have reformatted many computers so I know what I am doing but this thing is being real stubborn. Trying to boot off the windows CD on his computer was impossible, I pushed a key to boot off CD (like usual) it said setup is inspecting your hardware configuration (as usual) but then after a while the system just restarted and did the exact same thing again, and it just keeps doing this loop.
So, I took the hard drive out of my brothers laptop, slotted it into a 2.5" case and plugged it into my laptop via USB. Using partition magic 8 i found a strange sort of extra partition called PQSERVICE or something, and I thought maybe this was causing the problem, so I deleted it. I then merged the space it left with the rest of the partition and i now have one healthy, reformatted NTFS partition on it.
Next i put the drive back in my brothers laptop and tried again to install windows, same problem, Im thinking its something more to do with the hardware or the BIOS in this laptop now. So i took it back out, put the HD back in the 2.5" case, and tried to install windows to it whilst connected to my laptop via USB. However, it still would not boot off the CD, even on my laptop, so i think the booting thing must be to do with the hard drive. So i started setup whilst windows was loaded, chose "new installation" ticked a box to say i wanted to choose which drive to install windows to and it restarted. Everything was going well, setup started, it asked me if i wanted to repair the existing windows on my laptop (no) so it continued to the point where you can choose where to install. It could see the disk and the fresh partition i had made on it. Then when i pressed enter to install windows to that partition i got a message saying something about it being inaccessible so it cant install XP to that partition, and i need some special software in order to install windows to this drive. The partition is a primary partition not a logical extension so it should be possible to install an OS to it.
Does anyone out there know where i can get this special software?
Alternatively, does anyone know of some way, any way, of getting an operating system back onto this hard drive? (i cant plug my brothers HD directly into my laptop as the connectors are different, his are pins mine are these sort of solid bar type things).
Many thanks in advance!
Edited by Hooky1742, 18 November 2006 - 09:02 AM.