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  • nandurbar Feb 24, 2009

    my seagate baracuda 80 Gb Cannot Format & load xp

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If you have Microsoft Debug (comes with Windows) you can look up hdpart.scr, which will erase the boot sector of whatever drive you specify, regardless of the operating system on the target drive. Then it can be reformatted. Make a boot floppy or CD, and then copy debug.com and hdpart.scr to it.

Another alternative is to go to the drive manufacturer's web page, and download their disk-wipe utility. This usually needs to be copied to floppy or burnt to CD, but will circumnavigate any operating system that trys to inhibit a format otherwise.

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