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Laptop hard drive

By lucianvibe ·

I have been trying to format my Dell D600 LATITUDE hard drive with DBAN, but the remaining time stays on over 300 hours. It then stops saying there is an error with the hard drive and formatting cant continue. Does anyone know a solution to this and if there is any software I can use to format. Otherwise the laptop is useless.

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What is your final goal

by Slayer_ In reply to Laptop hard drive

You want to format, but then what?

Because if you are purely trying to install an OS, all current OS's (Even XP) come with auto formating utilities when you run their standard install.

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by lucianvibe In reply to What is your final goal

I have tried to install XP and other LInUX distro but the installation will not go ahead because of this disk error when the formatting starts.

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Sounds like a bad HDD then

by Slayer_ In reply to FORMAT HARD DRIVE

Try booting up mini XP or a nix distro and do a surface scan of your drive.

You can also try checking the SMART data. I am unsure how to do this without windows installed.

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Linux distro surface scan

by lucianvibe In reply to Sounds like a bad HDD the ...

Would you be able to advise how to do the surface scan with a lunix distro. I have Ubuntu 7 at my disposal if you are familiar with it

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I found this on ubuntu forums

by Slayer_ In reply to Linux distro surface scan


The commands they tell you to type, need to be entered in a command prompt.

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by lucianvibe In reply to I found this on ubuntu fo ...

Can use any of these in the terminal window as I cant install any of the programs on the hard drive without having first installed the OS. THere is currently nothing on the HDD.

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on a live CD you can install

by Slayer_ In reply to HDD

It will install to the RAM drive and disappear when you restart.

However, I believe the third post or so described how to do it without installing anything.

I checked the built in one, doesn't support NTFS.

Too bad you don't have Hirens downloaded. It has lots of HDD tools and it has MiniXP on it as a bootable CD. SO very handy. Including partitioning and formatting software. MBR fixing. Almost everything you could ever need.
It's the top item in my toolbox.

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Just a point

by The 'G-Man.' In reply to Laptop hard drive

see where you clicked 'start a discussion', did you not notice the 'ask a question' button right next to it?

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by npbatiller In reply to Laptop hard drive

Try partitioning the disk and reformat after wards.

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