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Hard deive / non-system errod when running recovery CD's

I ran the recovery CD 1.1 and it created the recovery partition and the computer locked up...
i shut down and re ran the CD the system tries to create the recovery partition again and spits out the message--- hard disk error--
what do i need to do

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Hi,

My name is Armymason, have you thought about running a hardware diagnostic test? Do a search on the internet for a free one and check to see if the hard drive is bad.

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Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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hi

Did you create any partitions on the HDD?
Obviously the HDD or some partitions on the HDD are corrupt.
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