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I'm trying to wipe the hard drive on my brothers laptop because he can't get it to boot and vista won't install. when I put my xp disk in and get to the set up and try to delete the partition it tells me the partition cannot be deleted. Is there anyway to fix this problem? Is it possible the hard drive might be dying? I'm worried because it randomly stopped working properly just shy of two weeks after his warranty from worstbuy expired. COINCIDENCE? I THINK NOT!
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Press any key to boot from CD.....
A disk read error occured
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart
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try a drive diagnostics or just boot to bios see if the drive is even there probably is, but sounds like its dead. if its a WD go to their site an DL the diagnostics and run themif its toshiba hitachi whatever just go to the respective site and look for the diagnostic tool, chances are its probably done
    
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I think its done, I went to XP setup again and the partitions were both empty, so I selected the biggest one and it gave me a screen that says "An error occured while Setup was updating partition information on: 114471 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]. Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.


Thanks for the reply smokin', but unfortunately I don't have a floppy drive (gosh, it took me a minute to remember *** that thing is called) and I don't think I have any black cd-r's to burn this to.
Edited by Bretts - 6/23/08 at 5:58pm
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the drive might have a manufacturer warranty longer and seperate from the BB one, usually you can check status on the website via serial number, usually they will replace it with a refurbished on though too
    
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You need to run a full surface scan on that drive, either from another computer or from some sort of boot disk. The MBR sector, which also contains the information about the partition table, may be corrupted.
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use Gparted.

Windows reformatting tool doesn't always work correctly.

For instance, one time after a reformat, I had my local disc designated as E:
    
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use Gparted.

Windows reformatting tool doesn't always work correctly.

For instance, one time after a reformat, I had my local disc designated as E:
    
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Sorry for the double post...
    
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I think its done, I went to XP setup again and the partitions were both empty, so I selected the biggest one and it gave me a screen that says "An error occured while Setup was updating partition information on: 114471 MB Disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on atapi [MBR]. Setup cannot continue. To quit Setup, press F3.


Thanks for the reply smokin', but unfortunately I don't have a floppy drive (gosh, it took me a minute to remember *** that thing is called) and I don't think I have any black cd-r's to burn this to.
They might be available for flash drives idk its been a while for me. if not and you wanna be sure not sure what to use. maybe just check the manufacturer website and check warranty. How old is it ?
    
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