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Hard disk partition table error

Windows xp cann't access the hdd

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  • Abc dhar Jan 08, 2008

    partition table error

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    I just recieved a new hdd.2weeks later my screen says internal hdd faliure. can u plz help me?

  • wafreba May 22, 2008

    windows xp home show me hdd SP0802N 80 GB , when I put it as slave (because dont start as master), but when I do double clicK in MY PC on Hdd it say me "dont have format". please help me, my personals and familiar data Address book, is into the drive. sorry for my english, my best language it's spanish. Thank you

  • dharmilrp May 11, 2010

    Hi All.

    I am having major problme with my Computer Hard disk drive and all the partitions have got correpted on it and I am not able to boot it to start my PC. I even tried to connect it with differnt PC and tried to recover data as well and also tried to format it to delete all the data and just to recreat newer partitions on my Hard disk but it neither allow me to format my hard disk nor able to recover data as well. It consider whole hard disk as just one Physical hardware of 40 GB. I have Samsung HDD of 40 GB. So I would appreciate if someone can guide me over here.

    Awaiting for your immediate and descriptive response in this matter.

    Thank You in advance.
    Dharmil Pathak



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Xp cann't format hdd

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Insert windows xp bootable disk and boot your system in CD/DVD and then reformat your HDD and install new windows operating system.

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