Question: Trouble formatting Windows hard drive
The IT Guy says:
Several things come to mind. Your install CD could be damaged. I would recommend borrowing another one (that is preferably not scratched or damaged at all) and giving it a try. Your hard drive itself could be damaged also. If you are installing an older operating system like Windows98 on it, try swapping out for a different hard drive (even if it is smaller than the one you want to use) and see if you can successfully format it from the Win98 install CD. If so, then the original hard drive you were trying to format is probably faulty. Thankfully, hard drives are getting cheaper every day, especially internal ones.
If the hard drive is an IDE, check the switch settings and make sure it is set to Master and not Slave also.
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