Is my hard drive broken?

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:10 19 Apr 2005
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My pc stopped loading, it said that a file was corrupted, so i must reinstall/ repair windows. I tried to do so with the setup disk, it came up with 'error 4' cannot contiune. I erased the hard drive again, and it came up with the same message! i can't even reinstall windows now! Is my hard drive broken, or is it some terrible boot section virsu thing.... which has killed my motherboard or something (updated the bios a few days ago, but worked fine til now...)

  Diodorus Siculus 20:14 19 Apr 2005

Try a bootable floppy to format the drive, from, say, click here

  Diodorus Siculus 20:15 19 Apr 2005

And then try booting with the CD.

Post the exact error message.

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:16 19 Apr 2005

i used a floppy disk to erase the hard drive, it still says the same+

  ICF 20:17 19 Apr 2005

What pc is it ie motherboard model,hard drive model & what operating system are you trying to install.In other words you have not given us much to work with :-[

  Diodorus Siculus 20:20 19 Apr 2005

It's not a compaq is it?

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:22 19 Apr 2005

Pentium III 866mhz
320mb PC133 sdram Micron RAM
Fujitsu D1184 Intel 815 E/EP motherboard (latest bios)
Fujitsu mpd3173at 16.06 GB hard drive (7 years old)
Geforce 2 MX400
couple of pci cards
1 DVD drive and one CDRW drive

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:23 19 Apr 2005

trying to reinstall windows xp pro sp2

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:46 19 Apr 2005

do you think the hard drive is broken then?

  Diodorus Siculus 20:54 19 Apr 2005

[quote] do you think the hard drive is broken then?[/quote]

No.

Do you have another OS CD which you can use to try to load windows?

  Pentium 4 Northwood 20:55 19 Apr 2005

no

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