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cannot do clean install on hard drive!!!!!

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my friend's laptop quit posting windows a week ago, so he decides to bring it to me for some reason that i do not understand. that being said can someone help me with this problem. it will go to the point where you can start in safe mode and then comes up with the blue screen saying something about the registry. so i tried to reformat the hard drive, it will only get to 8% then stop. it will go no further. does this mean i have a bad hd or what? need help, please.
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Do you hear clicking sounds when you try to reformat?

If so, then bad HD...
    
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couldn't hear anything cause the dvd drive so loud, but even when it wasn't going i still heard nothing.
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mY 80gb Maxtor does the same on 26%

It's a dud man. Try a low level format is you can ( write 0's ) but I highly doubt that it'l do any good. Sounds like a platter is messed up.

Best bet.... format the drive via Windows Disk Managment and use it as storage.
    
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That's not gonna help, but good find. What's happening is when he's formatting, it's STOPS while "formatting drive c" er whatever drive letter it is. It's a sign of a pooched drive. It's happened to me countless times.
    
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thx guys!appreciate the help
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Download and burn the Ultimate Boot CD.
It has a bunch of apps on it, some of them are harddrive apps.

The computer will boot from the cd, so it's not access the harddrive unless you have a program access it.

You should be able to find out if it's bad or something.
    
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