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format stopped and now i can't format?

by Dr3amer / November 20, 2013 7:37 PM PST

I was going to format my pc and everything was ok when the power was cut and my laptop shut down. When the power came back on i booted again from cd/dvd trying to re-do the format but i was unable to. After loading the files to boot, it never went back to the select language screen it just gets to starting windows screen (black) and doing nothing it just stays there and i can't format it... what can i do? what happened?

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Re: format
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 20, 2013 7:50 PM PST

What cd/dvd are you booting from to format? You forgot to tell.

I'd download GPARTED (free), burn it to disk (using IMGBURN, free also, or your other favorite burning program that can burn a .iso file to disk as image) and use that to delete the current partition and make a nice new one.
The alternative is downloading DBAN (free), burn it to disk and use that to totally erase the disk (like it's totally new). Then the Windows 7 installer (assume that is what you try to run) shouldn't give any problems, unless the power cut damaged the hardware.

The nice thing about laptops: they have a battery, so even if you run with an adapter, they just continue to work for a few hours if there's no more power from the mains.
Doesn't your laptop have a battery?


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by Dr3amer / November 22, 2013 3:23 AM PST
In reply to: Re: format

Firstly I want to thank you for the fast reply and sorry for my late one.

I didn't specify cd/dvd i am booting from because i new the problem wasn't there.
It apears my HDD is damaged somehow so i had to use the DBAN as a last resort. After 2 failed attempts it succeded :D. That took 18 hours... I was able to format my pc on my second try after crashing due to damaged HDD. Now it seems ok i get a message from time to time that my hard drive is damaged and i need to back up my data so i have to be patient until i can get a new one.

Thanks again for your help!

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Sounds like a head crash
by Zouch / November 22, 2013 7:04 PM PST
In reply to: thx!

Good you've been able to reformat the HDD. From your last post, sounds like your HDD head crashed when the power went out and has left some damaged sectors on the disk. I guess the occasional messages you are getting are when the system either tries to use the damaged sectors and retries the write elsewhere or if the DBAN/Reformat assigned alternates, the message could come from use of an alternate - just nagging to remind you that the disk is damaged and needs to be replaced when you get the opportunity.

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