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I got a blue screen on my dell laptop and since I had all of my data backed up, I decided to format and reinstall.  I got an error during the reinstall of XP that stated that the battery could not be reinstalled so I decided to run a checkdisk on it.  It goes through the first three passes without a problem, but then it gets to the 4th pass and it stalls at 50%.  I did a fixboot and a fixmbr and they both said that they completed successfully.  I have never seen this happen before.  What is going on?  How can  I get the checkdisk to complete?
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Sounds like you may have some bad sectors on the drive. You can try SpinRite to mark/correct these problems if you want to keep using the drive. I have had success with it in the past.

http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm

Personally with the price of new drives these days I would feel better throwing a new drive in and starting fresh.
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Any alternatives that are not so expensive.  You are right...why pay 89.00 for a utility when for a few bucks more I can replace the drive.
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"I got an error during the reinstall of XP that stated that the battery could not be reinstalled so I decided to run a checkdisk on it." I don't think I've ever seen xp(or any os for that matter) say it couldn't install because of the battery? Did you mean it couldn't see the hard drive?
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No.  When it got to the part where it does the installation of the devices, I got the error (well message really) that it could not install the battery.  I was able to ok through the error and the install continued until it got to finalizing the installation and then it rebooted.  When it came back on, it started all over from the installing devices and the cycle begins again.  That is why I decided to try the check disk.
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That's odd, try the reinstall with a full format again with the battery removed.
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by:noxcho
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You do not need to purchase any disk check software to test the drive. Simply find out the model of your drive and then forward to HDD vendor site where the correct tool is located.
Here is a link with list of HDD vendor sites: http://kb.paragon-software.com/paragon/include/templ/object2.jsp?objId=3273
Find yours and download one. Then test the surface.
Also, you can run CHKDSK from Recovery Console of WinXP installation CD: http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk
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please ignore last post. Wrong window.
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Okay.  I have a toshib a hard disk and apparently they do not have a drive utility so I used the hitachi like recommended.  I got an error code and looked it up and it said to do an erase drive.  I tried and the utility said that the drive was not supported so it could not do the erase drive.  The error code specified that the drive had corrupted sectors.  Is there any other way to correct this?
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Do you have data on it? If not then replace it with new drive. Hard Drives are cheap these days and sometimes your nerves and time is more expensive than the price of new HDD.
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I ended up ordering a new hard disk.  It seemed like the patch of least resistance.  Thanks for all of yoru help.
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