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reformatting the hard drive "hangs"

I deleted my original partition, created a new one, but "quick" and regular reformatting of the hard drive "hangs" at 1% - even waited for hours for it to complete.  I even tried reformatting using the original Win XP installation disk- hangs at "20%".
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JJLostCommented:
use a disk manager to test the HD, sounds like it may be faulty if you have tried multiple tools to format
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sk_raja_rajaCommented:
try to run chkdsk and see.sounds like bad sectors issue....
Also run fdisk and delete all the partition and create new ones
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tplaya07Commented:
I would also double check the IDE/Sata connectors just to be on the safe side. I had an issue with my second hard drive (where I kept all my music, movies, etc.) where I would be watching a movie or listening to music, and it would just freeze, and I would have to reboot the computer in order for it to recognize the drive again. It was a bad sata cable.
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Alan HendersonCommented:
The disk may need to be wiped.
You can create a boot disk with the excellent and free dban "boot and nuke":
http://www.dban.org/

It's the best tool for the job, but depending on the drive size, it takes many hours to wipe a disk.
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JJLostCommented:
Dban has its purposes..... such as when the FBI is attempting to kick down your door for cracking Palins yahoo account, but in this you will likely find more help using The ultimate boot CD or something similar
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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Alan HendersonCommented:
@  JJLost

Yes, DBAN is a useful security tool.

Yes, the UBCD is an even more useful tool. It includes DBAN.

Nevertheless, I stand by my previous post. DBAN often solves this particular problem - if the disk is not defective. In that case DBAN will let you know.
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