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Problem in format hard disk and reinstalling windows 98

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i was working on my pc(pentium iii 1ghz hard disk 30 gb , ram 128 mb) when suddenly it stopped responding. i restarted the pc but windows never loaded, only come to verifying dmi pool data then said insert system disk. i created a start up disk from another pc (pentium iii 500 mhz 32 mb ram) and inserted it in my pc. the process continued and the msdos prompt was loaded it was in A:> directory and the program said to run fdisk to create partitions in the hard disk as no partitions existed. when i tried to run fdisk.exe the program said fdisk error.

can i know what must i do now? or how can i reinstall windows using a startup disk? Should the startup disk be from the same pc that is using it??
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Sounds like the hard drive has died.
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>>>Should the startup disk be from the same pc that is using it??

No

>>>said fdisk error

What did the error say.
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do u really think the hard disk has crashed and i have to change it??
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If you can take this disk and slave it to the disk in the other machine then see if the operating system in that machine can access. If not then the drive is probably dead and unsalvagable.
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by:SniperVishal
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the error said something like error reading fdisk. but i tried several startup disk. it was just the same. if i remove the hard disk and slave it in another pc and then format it. Can this be done??
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The error probably said something to the affect "Error read disk" meaning the hardisk. But download from here www.bootdisk.com another boot disk and use it to see if the samething happens.

>>>if i remove the hard disk and slave it in another pc and then format it. Can this be done??

Only if the hard drive is not dead. If the drive is dead then nothing will get it formatted.
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ok i will try the tricks u told me n see what happen and i will let u know what happen.... thanks
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:)
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Sometimes the DOS utility can't work probably, have you tried some rescue disk to view the partition table?

I probably use PQ Partition Magic Rescue Disk.
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