Trouble formating drive

By kentontator ·
I am currently trying to reformat a HDD its a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB. At first I when I booted up with the windows CD it would go through the driver loading process and then blue screen giving me a stop 0x0000007B error. Saying it has a virus or needs to have chkdsk run on it.

Well it doesn't have a virus because its fresh out of the box and doesn't have anything on it...I ran seagates hdd tool on it and it passes with no errors.

I was able to get windows loaded onto the hdd but when it starts to load into setup it gets the same blue screen error codes.

Any suggestions?

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by Brenton Keegan In reply to Trouble formating drive

information on stop code 0x0000007B can be found here:

It says that one cause *may* be a boot sector virus.

Check for this:

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OK then if this is a New HDD I think you'll find this is your problem

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Trouble formating drive

Hardware Issues
You may receive a "Stop 0x0000007B" error message if there is a resource conflict between the boot controller and another controller or between SCSI devices. You may also receive this Stop error message if drive translation is not being performed or if drive translation was changed. To troubleshoot this issue:
If an IRQ or I/O port address conflict exists between the boot controller and another controller, Windows XP either stops responding (hangs) or displays a "Stop 0x0000007B" error message. If you recently added new hardware, remove the new hardware or reconfigure it so that it does not conflict with the resources of any other installed controllers.
If you are using a SCSI hard disk, check the SCSI chain for correct termination. Remove any unused SCSI devices or make sure that each SCSI ID is unique.
Make sure that drive translation is turned on (if it is required) and that it has not been changed. For example, if you recently switched controllers, this issue may occur. For additional information about this issue, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
314082 ( ) You receive a Stop 0x0000007b error after you move the Windows XP system disk to another computer.

A couple of things to do here is to enter the BIOS and make sure that it's correctly configured but most likely you'll need to return it to Performance Defaults and check the Date & Time entered in the BIOS. It's very important to make sure that the correct Date is entered as this can cause lots of problems.

When you are sure that the BIOS is correct you need to Save the Changes as you exit the BIOS. If you do not save the changes everything that you did while int he BIOS will not be saved and you will have wasted your time.

The other possibility is that the HDD is actually infected because someone has used it previously and had a infected computer that they used it with. This mostly happens when a NEW HDD is tested at the retail outlets to confirm correct function before sale, though if it came in a sealed Anti Static Bag it may have gone through a Quality Control Check at the factory as a random test to confirm quality control.

Either way to be certain that there is nothing on the HDD itself you should wipe it with a Wiping Utility like Kill Disc

And then try to load the system again. If the problem persists either the IRQ settings or the Date & Time in the BIOS are incorrectly set.


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by brianjdavis In reply to Trouble formating drive

Had a similar problem with one of my work machines. Windows would start setup and then blue screen. It was a Dell and I had to disable the RAID checks in BIOS in order to get setup to start up correctly. Smooth sailing since then. Even though there was no RAID array in the PC it was autochecking for a RAID array and I had to disable it completely. Guessing it was a driver issue with setup.

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