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problem reformatting emachines d6417

by brokepc / August 25, 2009 2:14 AM PDT

I tried to reformat my comp with the eMachines recovery disk. I does a format of the drives. The icon bar on the left goes through steps including installing XP. At some point after that, it opens the CD drive, closes, and says it needs to reboot to finish installation. If I leave the disk in there, it just starts over. If I take the disk out, it tries to boot but give the message of "BTNTLDR is compressed" and just sits there.

How to I get this to reboot?

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Start over.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2009 2:20 AM PDT
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trying to start over
by brokepc / August 25, 2009 9:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Start over.

That's the problem, this is happening during a reformat. I don't have anywhere to enter the command.

If i leave the disk in it continually reformats

If I take the disk out, I get the NTLDR is compressed error. I don't even get a blinking cursor after that.

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A reformat does not erase the drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2009 11:13 PM PDT
In reply to: trying to start over

If you do your research you find you need to erase the drive. Again, formatting is not erasing the drive and removing the file that needs attention.

Look up DBAN (google0 and be sure to disconnect any drive you don't want erased.

The error is well discussed so I won't go into detail. Just suggest a tool to start over.
Bob

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