Hi. My friend tried some adventure trying to create a partition(not windows partition) using quota management in windows xp and ended messing things up such that windows is no longer bootable. Now, When he tries to reinstall windows xp using cd, the setup function doesn't work. The message "setup is inspecting your hardware configuration" comes and the screen becomes blank, no change. He tried it using another friend's disc, but same result. When booted using fedora live cd, it showed that the hard drive has bad sectors and the message "smart has reported that the hard drive is failing" popped up. But except the partition which he messed up, he was able to copy data from all other partitions to an external hard drive, even from the windows partition. The messed up partition was behaving like an empty partition with only 16kb occupied space. What's happened to his hard drive? Is it a hardware failure? How to correct this problem? Thanks in advance...
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12/19/10 at 9:07am