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Windows 7: Hard Drive Testing

13 Oct 2010   #1

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
Hard Drive Testing

i am posting this here because it is not specifically windows 7 related and i was not sure what section to put it in. i have a seagate barracuda momentus 120gb hard drive in an amilo pro v2085 laptop that windows setup will not detect.
i am trying to do a fresh install of xp on my sons laptop and xp setup will not detect the hard drive.i created a slipstream copy of xp sp2 with the extra correct drivers for the hdd and this boot disc would detect the i can get into bios and repair console etc. which is some progress i guess.
when i get to the part where i have to format the hdd in ntfs it just freezes at 0%, even on the quick format it freezes on 20%.i have tried seatools for dos and although on the long test there are bad sectors it passes after repair.trouble is i cannot get past the start of the format and that only works on the slipstreaned copy of xp.what else can i do to check the hdd to be absolutely sure if is past repair or not?
does the fact that the slipstreamed copy of xp is detecting the hdd mean that it is physically functional and that i just have missing software of some sort?
i tested both ram modules with memtest 86 and they both passed no problems.

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13 Oct 2010   #2

windows 7 ultimate 32 bit

i have tried seatools and other drive test utilities and they all say there is a problem but none will say what it is.i just need to know if the problem is fixable?
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