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Reformat Failure - Win Me

I think I?m in serious trouble. My sister got a new computer, windows 7, and asked me to clean out and reformat her old computer, hp windows me, to give to her nephew. Well, either I did something wrong or it was doomed from the start. As suggested, I made a ?start-up? disk, rebooted, followed the prompts, inserted the windows me CD when prompted, told it to do its thing, and the process began. First you see - Extracting - Inflating, and then the first signs of trouble - ?Warning - Can?t create??. I knew this was not a good sign. In the end, there is the final notice that there was failure - ?Warning - There were errors recovering some files. The Recover CD may be Damaged or Your CD Drive could be malfunctioning. Remove the CD and press ok to reboot your machine.?

Upon rebooting, you can tell you did not succeed. Can?t connect to the ?internet?, can?t do normal shutdown or reboot, have to press the power button to shut down. Looking at Device manager, there are no ?Yellow? exclamation marks, all device?s say they are working properly. Since the computer has ?two? drives, I decided to at least ?try? the ?other? drive, just in case, but same result.

Since this is an old computer, maybe I can buy a windows me CD and try that. This is an Hp model 8860, 1 gig, 256 meg memory. A final note, since I "know" that the CD drive works just fine, I have to assume the "win me CD" must somehow be "damaged". I do of course have a product key, etc., but we never got that far.

Appreciate any suggestions.


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Try the usual.

In reply to: Reformat Failure - Win Me

1. Duplicate that CD onto some CDR at say 2X record speed. Use the copy and try again.

2. Look up DRIVE FITNESS TEST on google and test that old machine's hard drive. Maybe it's not the CD at fault.

Good luck,

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No Success - Same result

In reply to: Try the usual.

Tried the 'Drive Fitness Test', checked O.K.
Using the 'Image Making Wizard' of Alcohol 120, made a copy of the original OEM Windows ME CD. Put the 'floppy' back in rebooted at the appropriate time, typed "a:format c:". Said something about "Checking existing disk format - Recording current bad clusters - 97% complete - Insufficient memory - and then I got my A: prompt again, typed E:Setup and then it went to trying to setup again, but, as in the first time, I got the same failure "Warning...". Just wondering, that 'formatting' part seems to go really fast. When I format my win xp, it takes a long time. And my hard drive is the same size as her's, 60gigs. When I do that "a:format c:", at most it takes maybe 30 seconds. Just wondering?

Any other suggestions, Bob

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The Windows ME installs I did

In reply to: No Success - Same result

Never used a boot floppy. Format C: is also the wrong command.

Looks like you need to find the install notes for this machine and OS?
(No, I don't have them but there are many different versions and it changes with the machine.)

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