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This usually means that you have HDD bad sector or some kind of HDD read/write error.Boot up in DOS mode and use HDD Regenerator to check and repair your hard disk drive.This can be easily done with Hiren's Boot CD. You can download it from here. After downloading, burn ISO on a disk and try booting from CD-Drive.
#1 Use windows backup in Windows 7 to create a full system backup of the OS to DVD or a removable drive. (And well as any data on any other partition)
#2 Repartition drive to roughtly 50 50 split
#3 Install XP to partition 1, Install 7 to partition 2 then restore the backup of 7 to partition 2,
The following tutorial will help you reformat your hard drive and reinstall windows. I personally reformat my HDD and reinstall windows at least once every 3 to 5 months. After your first successful reformatting, you'll wonder why you didn't try this earlier. This is one of the first things I taught myself because I knew I was going to make a mess of my system...alot. Anyway, Please note, I am not responsible for any damage although I don't see how you can possibly damage anything whilst reformatting. Follow these steps exactly and you should be fine.
Step 1: Make sure you have your Windows XP disk. I personally delete everything I don’t need, and uninstall all programs that I don’t use. I then make a list of all the programs I still have installed and download all the installers I will need. Also download Spybot Search and Destroy and Ad-Aware but do not install them. I then backup all my important data and all the installers onto a portable hard drive – if you don’t have one you can build one (see HERE how to build your own external hard drive cheaply) or you can use DVD’s or CD’s. Make sure you have everything backed up and then disconnect the portable hard drive.
Step 2: Insert your windows disk into the Master CD drive (if you have more than one) and turn the computer off. Make sure you are disconnected from any networks. You will need to have your cd drive selected as your first boot device. If it not already selected, you will need to go into your bios and set the boot priority to cd/hdd, then with your Windows cd in your cd drive, save and exit bios.
Step 3: Turn on your computer. A screen will come up saying “Press any key to boot from disk”. Press any key (where’s the “Any” key gone?!). Now wait about 10seconds for the setup utility to be loaded. When asked if you want to set up or repair, hit Enter to set up Windows. Read the license agreement and hit F8 if you agree. If the setup program detects an existing installation of Windows and asks if you want to repair it, hit Esc to skip the repair. The setup program will ask you where to install Windows. Highlight the existing "C: Partition1" partition and hit D to delete it. Hit L to confirm. Next, hit Enter to install Windows on the "Unpartitioned Space". Format the space as NTFS - You will get an option to choose full or quik format. My experience is that quick format is for disk that have previously formatted. If the disk has not been formatted, then you will have to use the standard format option. Usually you will get a popup message "This disk can not be quick formatted" or something along that line. Then continue the installation. Please note: During the installation process, your computer will reboot. You will then see a message to press any key to boot from cd. Do not press any key a second time, otherwise the installation will start from scatch again. Complete the next several screens on the setup process and make sure you do not leave the administrator password blank. After following these steps, setup should be complete. Step 4: Firstly you should install your antivirus software, Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware. Also enable the windows firewall by going to Start>Control Panel>Network and Internet Connections>Network Connections (icon on the bottom-right)>Right-click the Local Area Connection>Properties>Advanced tab>Check the box next to "Protect my computer and network...">OK. After this has been done, install all updates from the Microsoft website (including windows XP service Pack 2). Then install all drivers from your motherboard utilities CD. Now it is time to install your programs. Step 5: Enjoy the brand new feeling of your Reformatted PC
Hope this tutorial will help some people.
Watch this 5 minute video tutorial before you start...
you need to reinstall it completely ...but first check the ram memory ..sounds like a problem there ...If you tried to format during installation and didnt worked..or it worked to format the partition but it didnt let you load files..to start the actuall installation ..this is a issue of Ram memory ..(it may also give you blue screen errors..) if you only tried to format it from the windows...there is an issue cause this is not possible for partitions with windows on it ...so you need a windows installation bootable cd and boot from it to reinstall and only then you will see if the issue is indeed with the Ram memory ..or was just plane ...bugged.. so ...if you do not have such a disk ..go here ..download a image ..and burn it by double clcik on it ..(using nero for file association ) ..on a new blank cd-r after that select the first boot device...(in bios) cd /dvd and restart and see whats going on ...if it fails loading files..it is the Ram memory to blame ..or the Hdd..but if the hdd accepted to be installed in another computer ..it only remain the Ram.. here is the image ...use utorrent to download http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5388204/Windows_Xp_Genuine
Try this freeware program:
http://tokiwa.qee.jp/EN/PartitionRecovery/ ...select the partition you want to recover; which is the Windows one. There'll be 1 partition of about 100Mb; the partition that you created, which you know the size of...and another one which is probably the Windows one. Select it and recover. Now the above program works up to Vista, but I haven't tried it with W7...if -before pressing the 'do it now' button- you get any sort of 'do not understand' errors, bail out and go to plan B...
PLAN B: Hiren's boot disk. Download the ISO CD image file and burn it to a CD. Use the CD to boot up with, and included on the disc is pretty well every useful low-level repair tool known to mankind.
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Try Acronis True Image. Similar to Ghost but works better. You can create an image of your system on a separate partition. When booting your system, you can recover from this image by pressing F11. Sort of like the hidden partition some companies put on a hard drive to return it to factory state. Only you create the partition yourself.