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Hi, I am trying to reformat my friends dell but there is a problem when the hardrive screen in the installation comes up it wont allow me to chose it and it tells me that it cannot access the hardrive... when i click install i get a blue screen... is the hdd defected?
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post #2 of 14
Download a linux live cd or usb version and then use gparted to format the disk.if that doesnt work,the drive is probably bad.
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post #3 of 14
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I dont understand... im trying to install windows the installation screen tells me that it cannot access the hd when i click install bsod follows. Ill try the linux live cd and see how that goes
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post #4 of 14
get a copy of boot and nuke(free download) and format the drive to 1 and 0.
or get a copy of HBCD there are plenty of formatting tools in there as well.
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I dont understand... im trying to install windows the installation screen tells me that it cannot access the hd when i click install bsod follows. Ill try the linux live cd and see how that goes
cause what he said means you dont need the HDD to actually get into stuff and work your magic. a live Linux cd allows you to boot and try and format the disk that way which most of the time overrides microsofts wright protect on the drive.
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post #6 of 14
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where can i get the linux live cd?
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post #7 of 14
HBCD and UBCD are forms of linux cds and you can google both of them just type in HBCD or UBCD.
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post #8 of 14
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oh ok so i just make a floppy and reset the hd with boot and nuke?
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post #9 of 14
you should be able to get boot and nuke on a CD then run your computer to see the CD drive before the hdd and it should auto start the disk it did for me when I used it awhile ago. once it starts just read the prompts and set it to start real easy program
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post #10 of 14
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so i used boot and nuke and did autonuke, it told me it is usually caused by bad sectors... it did not fix my problem so im wondering is the hdd bad?
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