Posted 15 April 2007 - 12:41 PM
Posted 15 April 2007 - 01:29 PM
Boot off an XP CD (Home or Pro, it doesn't matter), press R on the first screen, press 1 when/if prompted to log on, type any Administrator password if any is set. When you get to the Windows prompt, type "CHKDSK /P /R" and press Enter. Leave it alone to do its thing, when done type Exit and press Enter.
Usually this solves 99% of problems with this message, but it can also indicate a hard drive on the way out.
Posted 15 April 2007 - 05:36 PM
Posted 16 April 2007 - 06:37 PM
Posted 17 April 2007 - 04:50 PM
It doesn't take "hours" as such to format a drive unless it's really really big - even on a laptop, an 80Gb should format in well under an hour under normal circumstances.
Easy solution is just to replace the drive - you have symptoms of a dying drive, the clues are in it taking all day to format what is considered a very small drive by current standards.
Posted 18 April 2007 - 12:09 AM
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