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FAT32 to NTFS results in HDD failure

Changing my IBM laptop XP installation from FAT 32 to NTFS with 3 partitions, when at 35% the process stopped, I waited for 30 minutes more, but nothing happened aftter that. I restarted the laptop, but now it says that the hdd does nor exist. HELP please

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  • pendragon2 Nov 09, 2008

    Is there a way to UN-corrupt the partition?

    Data recovery is not important, as only XP professional was loaded on fat32.

    What I initially wanted to do was , set up 3 partitions, all running NTFS than re-install XP.

  • pendragon2 Nov 09, 2008

    Maybe i did not make it initially clear enough: I can not access the hdd, on booting it keeps coming up with " the hdd does nor exist" This being the case, I can not format a hdd, as I can not access it.

    That is why I posed the question here in this forem.

    What I need is a program that runs as a self booting CD to format he HDD.t

    I spent over 3 days looking around on the net, as it now has become a challenge, for a fix.

    I tried numerous programs, but all seem to require to run on the HDD, non seem to want to run on a cd.

    The IBM laptop does not have a floppy disc

    I tried the Ultimate Boot cd (, i think) it does not recognise the hdd either.

    Surely, there must be a program somewhere that can access, or at least force access to this so-called non existing hdd.


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Your partition is now corrupt which may or may not be related to your hard drive being physically bad (though most like is a bad drive). You can MAYBE retrieve data from it if you take it to a data recovery specialist or get the proper hardware to hook the drive up to a working desktop/laptop and obtain data recovery software like Ontrack Data Recovery.

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  • Brad Hamilton Nov 09, 2008

    Well you're going to have to reinstall windows from scratch or via a recovery CD. It is possible you drive is good and during a re installation if you do a full format (not the quick one) you'll find out if it is at least functional enough to install windows on it. It honestly sounds like a bad drive so you may wanna expect to need a replacement drive and do a fresh load on that.

  • Brad Hamilton Nov 12, 2008

    "HDD does not exist" error means your hard drive is dead. The good news is that it shouldn't be the motherboard as IDE controllers don't fail but once in a blue moon.


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