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Continuing formatting trouble

Hi, smiths27 here again... I tried the above solution to no avail. Even with the first boot device in BIOS set to CDROM. I'm wondering if you could give me more help? It may help if I give more detail: The problem occures when the Symatec screen comes up. A window opens up with the question "Output A:\Ghosterr.txt" with a yes or no choice. If I choose "yes," the computer isn't able to find the drive. If Ichoose "no," It says "invalid destination drive." then the program aborts and I get an "Error 0004: recovery failure" message. This happens no matter what I do. I'm not concerned with saving what's on my hard drive, I just want to use my computer again. I suspect that I may have to replace the hard drive.... Any help with this would be most appreciated, Thanks again, Shawn

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I had exactly the same problem and was told that my ssd drive was broke! I am waiting for its return from the manufature!

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Hi Shawn, It sounds as though your recovery disk has Norton Ghost incorporated into it, thus the call for the Ghosterr.txt file. Most recovery disks are just modified Windows installation CDs and if you boot to them they will immediately go into the Windows recovery which is what Sandrew was trying to walk you thorough. Having said that I?ve found a few other references to this type of issue and has usually been a result of CD read errors. - Try cleaning the recovery disk, if there are severe or numerous on it or if it is dirty that could be your problem. - If that doesn?t do it try cleaning your CD drive with a good commercial cleaner. - If that fails another option is trying a conventional Windows installation CD. Let us know if you have any other questions and please don?t forget to rate this post.

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