Trying to recover allocation unit!! HELP

  geekuk 11:07 23 Sep 2003
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I'm formatting a Toshiba Portege 3480 laptop (before installing WIN2K). It has got as far as 11% of the format before saying:

Trying to recover allocation unit 199,345

The number slowly goes up and this process will not stop!!!

How do I boot in order to run diagnostic tools like CHKDSK/F as I cannot now do so.

Thanks

  madPentium 11:10 23 Sep 2003

the hard drive is on its way out. The surface quality on the platters has deteriorated.
You need a new hard drive.

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