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I have a WDC 250gb harddrive. when I try to reformat my drive using the windows xp installer cd, percentage of the formatting stops and does not continue, usually it stops at 16% or 13%. I tried to change the partition sizes but still it stops. Can anyone help me on my problem

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Your drive is bad. Sorry to tell you.. You need a new one.
Good news is, new drives are relatively cheap.
Shop online?, www.frys.com or www.tigerdirect.com

You just need to get the right type. Does it use the wide flat ribbon connector?
You will need a PATA type also known as Parallel OR IDE type.

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