Posted 29 March 2007 - 11:40 AM
I am having trouble formatting my hard drive. I am using xp pro on a hp d330 2.4ghz. I believe some essential windows files got deleted using a spyware program. Now o/s is nonfunctional. I try to boot from cd (win xp) to format hd and reinstall fresh copy of o/s but it gets stuck on the "searching for an existing copy of windows" step. I know the problem is related to the hard drive because I tried formatting this hd in another computer and got the same error message. Unfortunately I don't have the recovery cd to help me. I also tried booting with the A: drive and using format c: but that didn't work either. Anybody out there have any hints or suggestions?