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How to format c on a laptop running Vista

by RixGirl / October 10, 2012 1:24 PM PDT

I've attempted to format c from c prompt within Vista - I was pretty sure this might not work - and it did not.
I've also attempted to boot laptop with Windows XP cd and erase, format and reinstall software there, I received an error that the hard disk was not found once the option was selected to install Windows XP. Very odd.

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Be careful what you ask for.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2012 2:19 PM PDT

I can boot a GPARTED (see google) and format that drive. However this means the drive is formatted and nothing more. No files, no Windows, etc.

Are you sure you want that?

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I did - until I found out the hardrive is corrupt
by RixGirl / October 11, 2012 9:02 AM PDT

since last night, I've been cleaning the laptop and running diags and have since found out that the drive is corrupt -= the owner is lucky, he can use it until it craps out for now Wink Thanks for the answer I may need to use it in the future

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