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alright i got here a 80gig seagate hdd i got from a friend, he said it came out of a working pc. when i go to install windows, when windows starts to format the hdd it errors at around 20% says hdd is damaged, i have tried this several times but yet to no avail. i am not formating it in windows and is at 37%, if this doesnt work any ideas? what could be wrong? im not much on harddrives although i like to take appart the 1/2gig ones for the magnets
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Run this, then use the default, not quick format option when you install windows

If this reports errors then it probably is a defective drive

To completely erase all data on the drive(s)

Click this to download Boot and Nuke

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so to format a 200 GB Hard Drive, then when you run Windows set up, check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C
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Go here and download the seatools utilities from seagate and run them to fin out if the drive has gone bad.

http://www.seagate.c...000dd04090aRCRD

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alright, i downloaded the floppy version. as soon as the format is complete (or errors) ill make a floppy and boot with it to test. ill post back (71%)
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Autonuke could be 3 - 4 hours for an 80GB drive
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Run this, then use the default, not quick format option when you install windows

If this reports errors then it probably is a defective drive

To completely erase all data on the drive(s)

Click this to download Boot and Nuke

Click this for a guide to using Boot and Nuke

Use the autonuke option, which could take 8 hours or so to format a 200 GB Hard Drive, then when you run Windows set up, check it is creating a RAW1 partition on C, if the drive letter is different, restart the PC and it should default to C

yea i already have that on a cd from last time you recommended it because the 15 gig wouldnt install windows remember :whistling:

also for my 15gig it took 1 1/2 hrs so i figure aroung 7 1/2 hr for the 80gig
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Edited by AnthonyJ, 20 February 2007 - 05:25 PM.

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Did it install then?

Is this drive in the same computer
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Did it install then?

Is this drive in the same computer

yes it installed then, this is the same cpu and psu, otherwise everything thats system crucial is new
(90%)

Edited by AnthonyJ, 20 February 2007 - 05:30 PM.

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The seagate tools may have two options, one which is too quick to be believed IMO, and another write zeros to drive full which will take an while
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well i figure when its done formating ill use windows error checking, try the seagate floppy or try reinstall windows for [bleep] of it. (99%)
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ok done formatting, ran disk check didnt bring any errors up. so what should i try, use the seagate tool, or try to install again for the heck of it? also i did check what it was installing to last ime and everytime before, it says c: partition1 raw1
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If it were me, because the install reported errors, I would either use seagate write zeros full option, or boot and nuke

It adds hours, though you could let them run overnight
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it found 4 errors in the first 13% and thats it. tried installing windows (didnt format this time) starts installing setup files, then goes to a steady stream of cannot copy
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Is that after seagate or boot and nuke
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Is that after seagate or boot and nuke

after seagate, i will probably run nuke tonight. but my friend said he will exchange me one with another. if he can find another
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