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Windows not starting, must I reformat?


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The "Install using default settings" tends to do different things on different machines. On some machines, it will actually do an "In-Place Uprade" or repair. Some other manufacturers use this same option to start a destructive recovery... :whistling:

If you have your data on the F: drive, give the default install option a try. However, if you have data you want to recover from the drive, this operation may overwrite the drive and you would lose the data. I have no way of knowing what this particular machine is going to do with this option.

A quick check to see which drive is making the noise would be to disconnect the power cable from the F: drive and power up. If you still have the noise, it's the C: drive.

Your best option may still be to buy a new hard drive to install windows on. I picked up a 160GB Western Digital drive at Staples a few days ago for $70.00.
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Quick question, just before I open 'er up... B/c the C: is the master, if I do select the Install Defualts option, won't it only affect the C: drive, or would it perform any actions on the F: as well?
If so, if I unplug some cords from the F: and re-install Windows, will that allow the computer to still run while keeping the stuff on F: safe?
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Yes, it will only install to the C: unless directed to do otherwise. But, unless the disk will support the repair option, it will probably want to format the drive. You would lose the data.
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So I was hoping to re-install windows on C:, and at the promt, I opted for option 3 which was to install XP with defualts, and after that, I got a setup error message that Windows is unable to find a place for the swap file.
Then I pressed Enter like it said, and it reverted back to an MS-DOS prompt-type screen with the prompt "F:/ I386" and when I typed C:, it gave an invalid drive specification or something liek that.

Any idea what's up?

Edited by cicero, 23 August 2006 - 10:44 PM.

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Does the C: drive still spinup? How about the noise...still there?

when I typed C:, it gave an invalid drive specification

This is not a good sign. That's saying that that it can't find a C: partition. What may have just happened is the beginning of a destructive recovery as I warned you about in an earlier post.

If the data on that drive is important, this is a good place to stop. Get yourself a new hard drive and install Windows on it. You can connect it in place of the current C:. Most new drives come configured as a master, so installation would be pretty straight forward.

Edited by wannabe1, 23 August 2006 - 10:51 PM.

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The noise is still there when I start the computer. However, data on C: is not as important as the data on F:,

Should I try the Format.com option for C: and then try option 3 to reinstall Windows?
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If you can live without the data and feel like experimenting a bit, yes. I really think your drive is failing, though.
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