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Old Thinkpad 600 formatting?

by PJ600 / July 6, 2013 7:46 AM PDT

I have a small blue window on top of Thinkpad wall paper, displaying OFF > ON. The O (ON) and I (OFF) symbols are flickering and it looks like it's reformatting the drive. I wouldn't be surprised as I had a CMOS problem when I got it out of the cupboard and after I replaced the battery, some of my probably inadvisable clicking around seems to have started me down this road. There was one icon with a bunch of squares and an arrow pointing too squares in a straight line and I clicked on it, which I suspect started this process running.

I don't mind if it is reformatting; it would be a good thing to clean down and start again (I only need the unit for a simple application on any old MS OS), but it's been doing it for over a day now and there is no progress indicator.

Should I just leave it to run its course? How long might it take? If I switch it off will I do any damage?

Any pointers would be gratefully received.

As you can tell, I have little (or perhaps less than no) idea what I'm doing!



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Formatting a hdd is variable in time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 9:37 AM PDT

From minutes to days because if the drive has bad spots it can hang on each area for a very long time.

Formatting is just that and never includes installing Windows. I can boot from my GPARTED CD to partition and format a machine on request but after that the next question invariable is "Where's Windows?"

For a laptop my best advice is to use the onboard restore system or recovery media as installing Windows has become harder over the years.

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It's still going...
by PJ600 / July 8, 2013 5:32 AM PDT

Thanks Bob

It's still going, flashing OFF > ON... so that's 3 days so far, and with no progress indicator to give me a clue as to whether it's progressing. I guess so, but I'm going away for a few days and want to switch it off.

Do you think it would be safe to do so?


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Here it is very safe.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2013 5:39 AM PDT
In reply to: It's still going...

While I would have replaced the drive many can't do that and want to try anyway. Why do you consider this unsafe?

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